Pauls Case Essay

1037 words - 4 pages

Hello to all of you, my name is Paul. It seems that much has been said of me and
I, for one would like for you to know the true story, as I see it.
There is nothing more beautiful than music, that is a fact that has helped me
throughout all of my life. “The first sigh of the instruments” can feel to me like a
thousand wonderful days all wrapped into that one moment. There are not many
who understand the pull of the stage and of the arts to a person like me, not my
teachers, and certainly not my father. There was a man, though, who seemed to
understand my plight. His name is Charley Edwards, an actor at Carnagie Hall,
whom I have seen perform many times, and who I consider to be a close, personal
friend. But even he could not grasp the luck of life which he had.
In order for you to understand a little more about the truths of the arts, let me
tell you what makes me love them so. Growing up among the “ugliness and
commonness” of Cordelia Street was very difficult for me, not only because of my
father and the loathing I had for him, but because of the “flavorless, colorless mass
of everday living” there. I never belonged there. I dreamed of the day when I could
sit for hours upon hours and just listen to the orchestras, wearing purple and
looking at flowers. You see these beautiful things that belonged in my life were
totally absent as long as I was anywhere near Cordelia Street in Pittsburgh.
Have I told you yet about the beauty of red carnations? No, I guess I haven’t. I
wore one the day I had to try to get back into school. The day my teachers
attempted to determine what was the matter with me, and why I was defiant in
their eyes. I still to this day believe that it wasn’t so much that I did not like
school, because the importance of schooling has always been quite obvious. I do,
on the other hand, believe that in their attempts to control my thoughts and make
me conform, they lost my respect. Learning about this or that, can be very
engaging to some, but not to me. I would rather whistle Faust or look at a Rico. I
suppose that the usher job that I had at Carnegie Hall helped keep me alive
through those days. Being around the energy that comes from the music can have
that effect.
The day I left school was at first very difficult for me, since I also had to quit my
usher job at the hall. My father decided that he had had enough of my insolence
when I decided while at school one day that I had no time for theorems, as I had
more important matters to deal with at the hall. He immediately took me out of
school, made me quit the hall and put me to work for Denny and Carson. I worked
there for some time and became a trusted employee, even having the responsibility
of taking the week’s payroll given to me. One weekend, knowing that the ledger
was to be taken in to be balanced with the payroll deposit...

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