Paul loves glamor, beauty, and wealth, as well as top-quality items. He loves his job as an usher at Carnegie Hall because he gets to wear a handsome uniform that fits properly and is not worn down at the edges. He loves the beauty and glamor of the concert hall and the people in it.
In contrast, he hates his home because his house is tacky and ugly. For example, he describes his bedroom as follows, with
its horrible yellow wall-paper, the creaking bureau with the greasy plush collar box and over his painted wooden bed the pictures of George Washington and John Calvin, and the framed motto, "Feed my Lambs," which had been worked in red worsted by his mother.
All of this is second-rate, cheap, and tawdry to Paul (and probably to us too). It lacks any flare or originality.
He dislikes his street as well. We learn that he
never went up Cordelia Street without a shudder of loathing. His home was next to the house of the Cumberland minister. He approached it to-night with the nerveless sense of...
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