A Pittsburgh businessman who, having lost his wife, is raising Paul and his daughters alone. Paul’s father is unable to connect with or understand his son. He seems to have embraced the plodding, bourgeois life of Cordelia Street, and his greatest hope for his son is that he get a good job, earn a living, marry, and settle down into a comfortable existence. The narrator doesn’t condemn Paul’s father or his practical sensibility, even as Paul loathes everything his father represents. Paul’s father is depicted as loving his son, but exhibits a radical failure to perceive—and perhaps a willed blindness—regarding what his son is actually experiencing and suffering. However, it’s implied that he may not be so unaware of his son’s homosexuality when Paul is forbidden from seeing Charley Edwards. Toward the end of the story, Paul’s father pays back the money Paul stole from work and comes looking for Paul in New York, which is the terror that prompts Paul to kill himself.
Paul’s father Character Timeline in Paul’s Case
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...arriving, Paul reads about himself in the Pittsburgh papers. Denny & Carson announced that Paul’s father has paid back the full amount his son stole, and that the minister is still... (full context)