Describe the "down under." Does Max like the down under?  

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Max lives with his grandparents, Gram and Grim.  He has to live with them because his mother is dead and his father is in jail.  Max lives in their basement.  He calls it "The Down Under."  It's not a nice looking basement.  It's straight out of the 1960's.  It has...

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Max lives with his grandparents, Gram and Grim.  He has to live with them because his mother is dead and his father is in jail.  Max lives in their basement.  He calls it "The Down Under."  It's not a nice looking basement.  It's straight out of the 1960's.  It has paneling glued up against the concrete block wall, and the glue is starting to let go.  The floor smells damp too.  All in all, it feels like a dark hole in the ground.  

Glued up this cheap paneling, right? It sort of buckles away from the concrete cellar walls, a regular ripple effect, but do I complain about the crummy paneling, or the rug that smells like low tide?

Yes, Max likes the down under.  He likes it a lot.  He likes it because it gives him privacy.  The down under gives him privacy from his grandparents.  They don't go down there very much.  It also gives him privacy from the world.  Max likes that because he does not have a very high opinion of himself, so the basement is his sanctuary.  

Because I like it in the down under, got the place all to myself and no fear of Gram - sticking her head in the door and saying Maxwell dear, what are you doing?

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