Compare Paul and the college boy he meets in New York (paragraph 56). Are they two of a kind? If not, how do they differ?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Willa Cather's "Paul's Case," Paul meets up with a "college boy" in paragraph 55, rather than paragraph 56.  We don't know much about this boy who is taking a "little flyer" away from Yale, but most of what we do know suggests he is different from Paul, rather than just like him.  He is older than Paul, attends Yale (so he's likely a better and more serious student than Paul), and he manages to pull himself together and make his train while Paul goes to bed.  Less importantly, the boy is from the West coast, San Francisco, while Paul is from the East, Pittsburgh. 

The two do spend an entire night seeing the "night side of town" together, but their parting is "singularly cool."