The protagonist in ?Cathedral,? Bub, is a man who has several defining characteristics. Bub is insecure, insensitive, and ignorant. This is clearly shown in Bub?s relationships with his wife and Robert. Bub?s insecurities are blatantly shown when he comments on his wife?s ex-husband:

Her officer-why should be have a name He was her childhood sweetheart, and what more does he want

Bub resents the ex-husband for being his wife?s first love. He would have liked to have had that role so he negatively addresses his wife?s past relationships. Bub?s unconfident mannerisms further transpire when he comments on his wife?s relationship with Robert. He states:

In time she put it all on tape and sent the tape to the blind man. Over the years she put all kinds of stuff on tapes and sent the tapes off lickety-split. Next to writing a poem every year, I think it was her chief recreation. On the tape, she told the blind man she?d decided to live away from her officer for a time. On another tape she told him about her divorce. She and I began going out, and of course she told

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