Julius Karp thinks of Morris as a shlimozel and thinks that Morris is

Julius Karp thinks of Morris as a shlimozel and thinks that Morris is

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Julius Karp thinks of Morris as a  shlimozel  and thinks that Morris is "inept, unfortunate," meaning that  he is unfortunate because he is inept, but Karp is only partly right, and much that he thinks is inept  results from the warmth in Morris that contrasts strikingly with Karp's calculating coldness (Karp's  name suggests that he is a cold fish, a carp). Morris' variant of the  shlimozel  is the man who can do  for others but not for himself, in this case because of a combination of charitable kindness and a too  passive acceptance of his own doom. Morris allowed Charlie Sobeloff to cheat him. He took a store  in a poor neighborhood and almost literally buried himself in it. But some of his best traits are related  to his failures. He extends credit that will never be redeemed, but not only out of kindness; it is also a  kind of self-torture, an embracing of his miserable lot. His generosity is chiefly based on kindness 
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