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In Willa Cathers story Pauls Case Paul suffered setbacks and dilemmas because he never knew his mother as she died around the time of his birth Therefore he is lacking the maternal guidance of emotional stability that every child needs to grow mentally Paul is withdrawn from society and he resorts to the arts and music to feel comfortable and free from his disassociation and sense of lonelinessOne should not be confused and believe that his father was not loving or caring of Paul because his father did what he could to support Paul and to do all he could to get Paul out of problem situations He just was not very keen on Pauls needs especially his manners or clothing The narrator described Pauls clothes as being a trifle outgrown and the tan velvet on the collar of his open overcoat was frayed and worn 67 Men are not the gender who is as observant and uptight about peoples attires Men tend to desire less than women do and this was inflicted upon Paul since it was his father who was overseeing Pauls limits on material well-being It takes more of a females point of view to judge if something looks perfect and Paul and his father did not have this type of direction around A master of Pauls noticed what a white blue-veined face it was drawn and wrinkled like an old mans around the eyes and stiff with nervous tension 69 The wrinkles apparently came from the stresses that ruled Paul HE was constantly dealing with the pain of no mother and his nervous tension was that he knew how he did not fit in with all the other boys his age He lacked the maternal stability and reassurance that most children had in order to be string mentally and emotionally This stood out when he was around others and was withdrawn in personality Pauls aggression intimidated others and
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