To Seth, everything was wrong. He sold threads and fabrics. He lived on an unsafe street. He could see no way to be successful or safe while staying unsullied. His ethics were threatened by friends with bad habits, by inopportune appointments, by demands to sell things for more than they were worth, and by many temptations. Nothing was good enough for him. His standards were too high. Why everything was wrong was a mystery, when he knew greedy and unprincipled people who had good lives and good wives.