Part Two of Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case”

Paul was an extremely troubled student. He detested going to school. He disliked his life on Pittsburgh’s industrial Cordelia Street, where he lived with his family. Paul desired to be surrounded by exquisite objects. He enjoyed working as an usher at the concert hall part-time. Before the concert, he assisted patrons in finding their seats. After that, he could imagine about interesting destinations while listening to the music. Paul also went to the neighborhood theater a lot. Numerous actors that worked there were people he knew. He used to help them out with small tasks. They would also give him free admission to plays.


A few weeks later, Paul received a sizable sum of money to carry to the bank from Mister Denny, his boss. Paul was urged to hurry by him, as it was Friday afternoon. He announced that the bank would close shortly and reopen on Monday. Paul pulled the money from his pocket at the bank. Five thousand dollars was it. Paul reinserted the cash into his coat pocket. And he left the bank by himself. He purchased a one-way ticket for New York City at the train station. Paul permanently departed Pittsburgh that afternoon. Through a January snowstorm, the train moved slowly. The languid motion put Paul to sleep.


When the salesman noticed Paul’s money, he was extremely courteous. Paul purchased two suits, multiple white silk shirts, and various colored silk ties. Then he purchased the finest silk undergarments, a crimson bathrobe, a heavy winter coat, and a black tuxedo outfit for the theater. He informed the salesperson that he was eager to don the coat and one of the new suits right away. The salesperson grinned and bowed. After that, Paul hailed a cab to another store, where he made many purchases of leather boots and shoes. He next proceeded to the renowned jewelry retailer Tiffany’s, where he purchased some silver-handled brushes and a tie pin. His final destination was a luggage store, where he had multiple pricey suitcases filled with all of his new outfits.


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