Marie-Laure’s ending, though, showcases resilience and wonder and suggests that, though the past cannot be escaped, the future can be embraced. Marie-Laure was able to get a high-quality education and became a pioneering scientist as well as an avid traveler. She did not let her disability stop her from achieving the things she wanted or experiencing the wonders of the world. After years of being so confined and isolated, she now makes the most of the freedom she has and tries to contribute to making the world a better place. Marie-Laure also has her own daughter, whom she raised alone, showcasing her independence and strength. This choice would not have been conventional during the 1950s and 60s, but Marie-Laure has learned that she can make choices which reflect her own values, and she does not have to follow society’s expectations. She lives long enough to see the world become a radically different place, shaped by new forms of technology which far exceed the scope of the radio. Marie-Laure has learned that the desire to find connection and retain memories is a basic human need which will never change.