Paul is a writer who lives in New York. We can assume he is successful since he is commissioned to write a Christmas story for The New York Times (ll.70-71). Paul smokes a particular brand of Dutch cigars which he can only buy from Auggie’s store on Court Street in downtown Brooklyn (ll.7-8).
Paul appears to be a person who is rather shallow, judging other people on a superficial level. For instance, he does not give Auggie much thought, because he considers him a “strange little man who wore a hooded blue sweatshirt and sold me cigars and magazines” (ll. 9-10). He appears to reduce Auggie to his job (the man who sells him cigars) and does not care to know him beyond that.
When he browses through Auggie’s photo album, he appears bored, because he cannot figure out their meaning immediately. However, he prefers to ...