Paul sat two rows ahead of me on the left in Mrs. Garrett’s English Class. He was constantly wrapped up in his thoughts and would often talk to himself under his breath during the lessons. Sometimes he talked so loudly that, Mrs. Garrett would stop the lesson to ask him if he was alright. Paul was a very peculiar guy, despite his family being abundantly well off. Although he was a bit strange, I befriended him to keep the other classmate from harassing him. Paul actually conveyed to me the reason behind his mumblings. He expressed to me that he was anticipating getting on his rocking horse afterschool in order to place a bets on upcoming horse races. He said it was another means to make his family happy, especially his mother.
Paul on occasion conveyed to me that he was unhappy with his family’s financial circumstances. I was baffled to hear such a thing, “They lived in a pleasant house, with a garden, and they had discreet servants, and felt themselves superior to anyone in the neighbourhood.” Paul was very concerned about his mother, desp...
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