The townspeople view success in a fairly standard and materialistic way. Is money being made? However, that said, there's also a kind of more humane quality, one that supports family and community. This might be summed up as, success is that which benefits the family and upholds community practices. Harvey Merrick, by contrast, judges success by a more internal standard. Does it produce art (and great art)? Is it contributing to education (for its own sake, the sake of understanding)? And is it feeding what he loves?