He ended up making the right choice.
As Redse told friends, she never would have survived if she had gone back to Jobs, nor would their marriage.
Even though he would pine about the spiritual nature of his connection to Redse, he had a far more solid relationship with Powell.
He liked her, he loved her, he respected her, and he was comfortable with her.
He may not have seen her as mystical, but she was a sensible anchor for his life.
"He is the luckiest guy to have landed with Laurene,
who is smart and can engage him intellectually and can sustain his ups and downs and tempestuous personality," said Joanna Hoffman.
"Because she's not neurotic, Steve may feel that she is not as mystical as Tina or something. But that's silly."
Andy Hertzfeld agreed. "Laurene looks a lot like Tina,
but she is totally different because she is tougher and armor-plated. That's why the marriage works."
Jobs understood this as well. Despite his emotional turbulence and occasional meanness,
the marriage would turn out to be enduring, marked by loyalty and faithfulness,
overcoming the ups and downs and jangling emotional complexities it encountered.