^True. Some people miss all the cues too and think ramping up the pursuit is always the way to go. Neelix should
have been panicked over losing Kes because once he started to grasp what she really was it was it should have been obvious she was going to outgrow him. Just having one person on a steep upward trajectory and the other vegetating on a couch is enough.
He saw a lot of potential in the sweet girl he rescued but then he couldn't deal with that potential manifesting itself.