First, let's look at some background. In order to tolerate his respectable but drab life as a typical, middle class boy, Paul escapes from his real life though his work at Carnegie Hall, where he works as an usher. He also has a very strong relationship with the acting troop, particularly with Charley Edwards, a young actor whom Paul admires tremendously.
The more involved Paul becomes with the theater, the more he falls behind in school, getting to a point where he is bold enough to tell the teachers that he has no business with academics, and that his job at the Carnegie is more important.
Matters went steadily worse with Paul at school. In the itch to let his instructors know how heartily he despised them and their...
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