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Nick opened the door and went into the room. Ole Andreson was lying on the bed with all his clothes on. He had been a heavyweight prizefighter and he was too long for the bed. He lay with his head on two pillows. He did not look at Nick. (173)
Ole’s appearance as a burly ex-fighter belies his passivity.
"I’m sorry he don’t feel well," the woman said. "He’s an awfully nice man. He was in the ring, you know."
"I know it."
"You’d never know it except from the way his face is," the woman said. (204-6)
It seems that Ole is not only passive, but also gentle; his appearance hides both of these characteristics.
"Well, good night, Mrs. Hirsch,’ Nick said.
"I’m not Mrs. Hirsch," the woman said. "She owns the place. I just look after it for her. I’m Mrs. Bell." (208-9)
Again we see that nothing is what it seems; even the landlady is a case of mistaken identity.