Directions: Multiple choice - select a single answer.
In some old magazine or newspaper I recollect a story, told as truth, of a man - let us call him Wakefield - who absented himself for a long time from his wife. The fact, thus abstractedly stated, is not very uncommon, nor, without a proper distinction of circumstances, to be condemned either as naughty or nonsensical. Howbeit, this, though far from the most aggravated, is perhaps the strangest instance on record of marital delinquency, and, moreover, as remarkable a freak as may be found in the whole list of human oddities. The wedded couple lived in London. The man, under pretense of going on a journey, took lodgings in the next street to his own house, and there, unheard of by his wife or friends and without the shadow of a reason for such self-banishment, dwelt upward of twenty years. During that period he beheld his home every day, and frequently the forlorn Mrs. Wakefield. And after so great a gap in his matrimonial felicity - when his death was reckoned certain, his estate settled, his name dismissed from memory and his wife long, long ago resigned to her autumnal widowhood - he entered the door one evening quietly as from a day's absence, and became a loving spouse till death.
Adapted from Wakefield from Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Question 1: Answer this question based on the information in the paragraph above. What happened to Mr. Wakefield?