| Quote #1
Since this had been a fashionable neighborhood forty years ago, his mother persisted in thinking they did well to have an apartment in it. (5)
Julian goes on to describe the neighborhood in more detail, calling the buildings "bulbous liver-colored monstrosities" and how a "grubby child" usually sat around in the dirt. Classy.
| Quote #2
[The mother] was one of the few members of the Y reducing class who arrived in hat and gloves and who had a son who had been to college. (9)
Is it even possible to lift weights wearing gloves? Julian's mother is concerned with appearance and displaying herself in a certain light. Do you think she does this out of pride or out of snobbery?
| Quote #3
"'Most of them in it are not our kind of people,' [Julian's mother] said, 'but I can be gracious to anybody. I know who I am.'" (16)
Goodness gracious indeed! Are they not her kind of people because they're poor? Uneducated? Black? Lazy? Sans gloves?