Paul's teachers have a long list of complaints regarding Paul. Each teacher also seems to suppose that Paul's awkward looks are indicative of something much more sinister lurking within his mind, perhaps even his soul.
In one way and another he had made all his teachers, men and women alike, conscious that he had the same feeling of physical aversion toward them as he had demonstrated toward his English teacher when he jumped back from her:
The astonished woman could scarcely have been more hurt and embarrassed had he struck at her. ... he had made all his teachers, men and women alike, conscious of the same feeling of physical aversion.
What the teachers thought:
The first thing that the teachers observe in Paul is that he
was always smiling, always glancing about him, seeming to feel that people might be watching him and trying to detect something.
These expressions in Paul’s face, to the teachers, were signs that he was guilty of "smartness,” and that he exhibited "insolence" toward...
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