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I think we need to be very careful about reading too much into the character of Paul from our own cultural viewpoint. Let us remember that this story is set in a very different historical period which had very different expectations of gender roles. Just because we might analyse the character of Paul from our cultural standpoint and consider that some of the activities he engages in might suggest he is homosexual, this gives us no proof to indicate that he might have been. The story, after all, gives us no tangible proof whatsoever that he is homosexual.

The story paints Paul as a rather dreamy teenager...

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