Why do the citizens seem to care deeply about their reputation, but on the other hand, don’t seem to care what strangers think?

At the start of the story, the narrator makes it clear that the citizens of Hadleyburg are proud of their reputation and certainly seem to care that everyone knows about it. Yet in setting up the central conflict of the plot, the narrator states “Hadleyburg had the ill luck to offend a passing stranger—possibly without knowing it, certainly without caring, for Hadleyburg was sufficient unto itself, and cared not a rap for strangers or their opinions.”


It never ceases to amaze me that you lazy nimrods always fail to include the title or author in your pathetic questions. You want to find someone to do your homework for you, yet you don't provide the bare minimum amount of information necessary for anyone who might be willing to help you. Small wonder that you lot can't get through a book. Frankly, I'd be surprised if you were capable of tying your own shoes. Just take the "F." Trust me, it's something that you might as well get acclimated to, because it's going to happen quite often over the duration of your time in the classroom.