Why did the client not want to listen to the idea of the woman's being in his life? What was he in search of?  

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The client is in search of his assailant from many years ago. Essentially, he is driven to seek an astrologer because he wants to find who did it was and he wants to know where he is, presumably to seek revenge. We later learn the assailant was the astrologer. The astrologer, as the narration tells us, should be living a comfortable life on the family farm. However, after a fight in which the astrologer brutally assaulted someone, he had to flee his region. The astrologer believed that he had killed the man and therefore had to make a new life for himself.
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