Now, I wrote this totally on a whim, but I kind of like it and want to flesh it out some. A friend of mine said he seems very shallow and fixated on his wife, that the characters from his point of view are caricatures of real people that you might see on a black and white sitcom. I got the idea that maybe Mary wasn't even really dead; that something else happened that broke his fantasy world dellusion, and that's why he tried to jump.
So here's my question. What kind of mental problem (or problems) would cause someone to idealize another person to that extreme? Because I have never heard of anything like it.
ETA: Thanks for the opinions, everyone. I feel a little better about not having done this research in the first place now.