Are there any clues to the causes of Paul's unusual personality in Willa Cather's "Paul's Case"?

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In "Paul's Case", Willa Cather is quite specific in that this story is not meant to be biographical, or a tale in the typical sense. Instead, she uses the subtitle "A Study in Temperament" to explain its true nature. This is significant, because it implies that Paul's temperament and personality are different from other characters of his same age and time. Yet, without condemning or condoning his traits, Cather does offer several clues as to the different reasons why Paul is so special.

Although Paul has been well-raised by his father in an upper-class medium, he does not seem to connect with the world around him. He hates school and his teachers, he does not like his neighbors, and he is particularly sick of suburbia. His neighborhood seems to be attached to a moral and social code of hard work, church suppers, and neighborly dynamics which dramatically contrast with Paul's daydreams of fancy dress, palatial views, and delicate decor under the sounds of the opera. Paul's life seems to be...

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