The delay in Mark's departure wasn't wasted. He was fitted for a smart suit, delivered the next day along with a few other pieces of clothing to give him a start. He could get more at his destination.
While recovering, he consumed TV news avidly. He was completely taken aback when he saw the video coverage of his own funeral. He was shocked, wondering who, if anyone, might be in the coffin. If that had shocked him, then seeing Beth, ripe with baby, at the crematorium speaking to Amy Tate really got to him.
A paternal instinct was slowly forming.