Why does the narrator shamble into the bank in "My Financial Career"?

In "My Financial Career," the narrator shambles into the bank because he is very nervous and uncomfortable about having to go into a bank. However, as he has decided to deposit his money into a bank account, he has no choice but to enter the bank.

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"My Financial Career" is a short story written by Stephen Leacock. It follows the story of a man's very confusing first visit to a bank.

Right at the start of this short story, when the author tells us that the protagonist is entering the bank building, we read that the protagonist of the story "shambled in." This is a very interesting choice of words, as usually one would expect the author to use a simple and neutral verb such as "to enter" or "to step into." The verb "to shamble," however, conveys a lot more than just the mere process of entering a building. In fact, you might want to point out that "to shamble" is defined as "to walk awkwardly with dragging feet." Therefore, the fact that the author chose "shambled" instead of the other choices, which may seemingly have been more obvious, tells the reader straight away that the protagonist feels very insecure and nervous.

The narrator clearly isn't rushing to get into the bank; he is walking slowly and nervously. We know that the protagonist is very nervous when he has to go to a bank, as the author tells us this right at the start of this short story: "When I go into a bank I get rattled." The only reason why the narrator had decided to go into the bank was because he had received a pay rise, and he had felt that he should deposit this money into a bank account. Otherwise, given the fact that banks make him so nervous, he probably wouldn't have chosen to go to the bank at all.

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