Alec decided to cash in as he realized he might spend his time and money more wisely.
Alec thinks he would be better off if he moved to another company. But the grass always looks greener on the other side to of the fence: I don't think he would really be better off.
Alec must have drunk an awful lot. He is lying on his bed, dead to the world.
Repulse after repulse failed to deter Alec, who persisted day by day, at first with a marriage license and holy words.