Would the reaction be that Art immediately tries to leave? Is he trying to ignore his father's faults that are brought up by Mala?
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Mala knows that Vladek is a hoarder. Vladek hasn't let go of his experience during the war. He keeps things like his life depends on it. He identifies with possessions to give himself a sense of place and understanding. Vladek has much more trouble with dealing with the present and the people he has to deal with.