The red carnation is continually mentioned in the faculty meeting. "His teachers felt this afternoon that his whole attitude was symbolized by his shrug and his flippantly red carnation floweraE (pg ). Cather again mentions the carnation when the faculty tells Paul he may leave "His bow was but a repetition of the scandalous red carnation.aE It is evident with both those lines that Paul's teachers view him as arrogant and think that he purposely defies them and the rules they set forth, and most definitely separated from their world. He stands out from the rest of his classmates at the school and is seen as a misfit, not really fitting in anywhere within the walls of his education.
The color red is mentioned again later as Paul thinks to a time of warmer weather. Cather wrote: "When th