Paul's Case


  • Paul, the eponymous protagonist. He is tall and thin, something of a dandy. He was born in Colorado and his mother died a few months later. He is bored by school, but passionate about music, especially the opera. He hates his middle-class life and longs for luxury.
  • Paul's father, kindly and respectable but with little understanding of or sympathy for Paul's restlessness with his life
  • The Principal of Pittsburgh High School
  • The English teacher, a well-meaning woman whom Paul disdains
  • The Drawing master
  • The guard in the picture gallery of the Carnegie Hall
  • The soloist in the opera at Carnegie Hall
  • Paul's sisters whose mundane interests further alienate him
  • A young man whom Paul's father wants Paul to model after, but who embodies the middle-class life that Paul hates.
  • Charlie Edwards, Paul's friend who works as an actor
  • The college boy who spends a night with Paul in New York

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