The Portable Veblen - Chapters 10 - 14 Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth Mckenzie
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Chapter 10: In this brief chapter, Paul visits Sergeant Major Warren Smith, one of the volunteers in the clinical study. Smith’s two daughters have asked Paul to take good care of Smith and give him special attention. Paul reads through Smith’s file, which details his gruesome injuries, and attempts to converse with Smith. However, Smith simply thinks about his wife’s ideas of supporting the family by renting out the garage to boarders and selling the family’s boat. Smith has a manic episode and has to be sedated by the orderlies.

Chapter 11: In Palo Alto, Paul helps Veblen film a video for the Norwegian Diaspora project. In the video, Veblen talks about when Thorstein Veblen lived in Palo Alto. She praises his difficult and unconventional life. After they record the video, Paul comments that Veblen seems to “admire strange and difficult...

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