What are six quotes on the character type of the ignorant one in "Paul's Case," and what is the author's main argument about ignorance?

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In "Paul's Case," Paul's ignorance manifests or expresses itself as a disinterest in academics or developing his talents and a fixation on the superficial trappings of life in terms of clothing, food, and glitter. Cather's main argument is that Paul is too ignorant to see that what matters most in life goes deeper than what shows on the outside.

We learn that Paul is ignorant of what reading and learning might have led him to. For example, a quote describing this form of ignorance is

the truth was that he scarcely ever read at all.

His ignorance is compounded when he is no longer in an environment to learn:

Paul was taken out of school and put to work.

Paul doesn't want to go deep, and Cather emphasizes his ignorance that there might be more to life than superficial appearances, more than merely the physically beautiful and ugly, in quotes such as this:

When the rosy tinge of his champagne was added—that cold, precious, bubbling stuff that creamed and foamed in his glass—Paul wondered that there were honest men in the world at all. This was what all the world was fighting for, he reflected; this was what all the struggle was about.

In fact, many people struggle to experience a life far less shallow than merely drinking good champagne, but Cather points out,

The mere stage properties were all he contended for.

Paul's ignorance also shows in the way he clings to a child's way of thinking:

With something of the old childish belief in miracles with which he had so often gone to class, all his lessons unlearned, Paul dressed and dashed whistling down the corridor to the elevator.

His lack of moral depth, an aspect of his generalized ignorance of the deeper, ethical issues of life, is brought out in this quote:

It was characteristic that remorse did not occur to him.

We feel for Paul's desire to escape the ugly, narrow-minded, impoverished life of his home on Cordelia Street, but it is tragic that rather than realizing that he could have found fulfillment in some form of learning, inquiry, or development of real talents or skills, Paul simply wants to have the superficial things that money can buy.

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