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The character of Philemon in the short story The Suit by Can Themba Philemon is dominated by a need to be in direct command of his own environment in popular terms he is a control freak He is unable to cope with any threat to his version of the goodness of life Tillys affair occurs outside Philemons self-imposed boundaries and he is not equipped to react to the crisis Philemon removes chance from even the most commonplace activities His shoes and socks are at hand to be picked up as he sneaks out of the bedroom in the early morning That he did not like to wake his wife lying by his side could indicate consideration but the addition of - just yet - to the sentence reveals that he wants time to organise himself to a state where he is most comfortable A serene wife of pure beauty is a requirement for his ideal world It is unclear whether Tilly is aware of these expectations but it becomes apparent that she is either unwilling or unable to meet them This inconsistency ultimately destroys Philemon Philemon appears genuinely happy within his idea of heaven as an even unperturbed passage through days and months and years While his pursuit of consistency leaves little space for exception it results in a state of contentment He hums a tune while he makes the fire and checks his list of things he needs for the day Philemons joy in appearing with the breakfast in his supremest immaculacy emphasises the stage-management of his existence This desire for order is carried over to the bus-stop where Philemon is sorry to see that jovial old Maphikela was in a queue for a bus ahead of him The use of daily bulletin underlines the idea that routine is important Although Philemon appears content his immediate acceptance of Maphikelas piece of gossip reveals an underlying insecurity Philemons priority is
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