In paragraph 1 of "The Overcoat," Gogol describes behavior that “is customary amongst well- bred officials.” How is this description important to the passage?

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These words come from early on in Gogol's short story "The Overcoat". They are part of a passage that refers to how the protagonist of the story, a humble clerk by the name of Akaky Akakievich Basmachkin, is treated by his superiors. Instead of acting towards him like the well-bred officials they're supposed to be, they simply shove papers under his nose without saying anything, expecting Akaky to copy them without question.

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