Wednesday, October 11th, 2017...3:47 pmAliya Nichols

Lily and Gabriel

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Lily was impressed with how respectfully she handled Gabriel’s rude gesture of offering her money for doing her job. She prided herself on the way she attempted to refuse the money because it showed how she did not accept handouts. Lily noticed that Gabriel’s agitation from the girl’s bitter and sudden response had overwhelmed him. He looked anxious and tried to distract others from noticing this by playing with his cuffs and tie. Lily watched as he nervously took a little piece of paper out of his waistcoat pocket and grew an expression of debate as he read it. She thought his behavior was odd for someone of his class ranking, he offered her money, was rejected by girls and was discomposed by a piece of paper. His social anxiety and radiating awkwardness surprised Lily. She knew he wanted to be an impressive host but for some reason she was not impressed. She realized that Gabriel was so self-conscious that it gave off an aroma of discomfort for his guests. It was apparent to Lily that Gabriel thought over each action he made before and afterwards. He cared about his ego and how he came across to others but it was unattainable for him to be the man that everyone respected because of his discomfort with himself.

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  •   Professor Seiler
    October 11th, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Aliya, nice reading of Lily reading Gabriel, and especially of her (compassionate?) grasp of his social anxiety.

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