Old enough to be perceived as an adult by teenagers, but not to be taken seriously by the staff. He is an unselfconsciously bohemian immigrant, now a citizen. His clothing and demeanor indicate that he has either never quite learned to conform to the customs of his new country or that he never fully wanted to. He barely conforms to the dress code of the teaching profession. His speech and movements are affected, for while he is aware that despite his erudition, he knows that he makes mistakes, and is concerned that the slightest mistake will scandalize others – but to deliberately scandalize is not beyond him. Nonetheless, he has never mastered the use of either the definite or indefinite articles of speech.