Pauls Case Essay

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Justin Whitlock 11/30

Paul's Case

Paul's Case is about a young, Calvinist man who did not feel that he belonged in his life. He lived on Cordelia Street in Pittsburgh, PA. Cordelia Street was littered with cookie cutter houses, suburbanite-like city-dwellers, and a general aura of despair. Paul's room was no different. Paul felt that his abusive father, uncaring teachers, and classmates who misunderstand him aren't worthy of his presence and company. One of the reasons Paul may not have fit in was because there is a chance that he was learning disabled.
Paul worked at Carnegie Hall as an usher. It is here that Paul's real love lies. Paul lost himself in the music of the symphonies, the characters of the plays,
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One day, he got a bit too full of himself and boasted that he will leave school for the day because he was needed elsewhere, specifically at Carnegie to help the stock crew (stage hands). This boast caused the principal of the school to speak the boy's father, who proceeded to remove Paul from school and set him to work (but not at Carnegie). Paul begins to work for a company referred to only as the "firm of Denny and Carson" or "Denny and Carson's office."
The story cuts away to some time later, when Paul had been working at Denny and Carson's long enough to earn their trust. Denny and Carson came to entrust Paul with the week's payroll. His responsibility was to take it to the bank and make the deposit. One weekend, however, Paul was instructed to take the ledger in to be balanced, and Paul knew about it ahead of time. He asked his bosses for the next day, Saturday, off citing a plausible excuse. When he took the deposit down to the bank on Friday, Paul pocketed nearly one thousand dollars from the cash in the deposit. The company would not get the ledger back until Monday, so Paul knew he had time to get away. Paul boarded a train on Saturday bound for New York City.
Paul spent little more than a week in New York City, living the good life, the life to which he felt he was born. While in NYC, Paul drank wine, relaxed in his room, and listened to the orchestras and bands in the lobby and dining room. Paul lived to the full extent of the money
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