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“Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament” by Willa Cather – full text

“Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament” is a short story by Willa Cather first published in McClure’s Magazine in 1905. Shortly after it became part of Cather’s first published collection of stories, The Troll Garden, also 1905, in which it was one of seven stories.

Like the other stories in that collection,”Paul’s Case” is in the public domain,  so we present it here for your reading pleasure. You can also link though to an analysis of “Paul’s Case” on this site.

Some of the original paragraphs have been broken up to improve readability on devices; otherwise, the story is intact.

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“Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament” by Willa Cather (1905)

“Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament” is a short story by Willa Cather, first published in McClure’s Magazine in 1905. That year, it also appeared in a collection of Cather’s stories, The Troll Garden. This analysis of “Paul’s Case” is by Sarah Wyman, Associate Professor of English at SUNY-New Paltz:

You probably know someone who reminds you of Paul, someone who does not seem to fit in with others in society. Paul’s mannerisms are tense and nervous. He appears antisocial with his classmates, confrontational with his teachers, and emotionally estranged from his family.
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