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by Willa Cather

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Does Paul regret taking this action at the end? How do you know? Does Paul regret taking this action at the end? How do you know?

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Seconds before his death, Paul does regret taking his own life. This is made clear at the conclusion of the story when Paul jumps in front of the approaching train:

As he fell, the folly of his haste occurred to him with merciless clearness, the vastness of what he had left undone. There flashed through his brain, clearer than ever before, the blue of Adriatic water, the yellow of Algerian sands.

Too late Paul realizes that by giving up his life, he has forfeited all the beauty and romance he could have known during the rest of his life.

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