Morley is a privileged woman with abundance, both physically and psychologically. Morley is a character of note within Stuart McLean’s “Emil”, her character develops and learns about concepts of charity, privilege, assumptions, and a balance between empathy and sympathy through her interactions with a homeless person with whom she forms a relationship. Morley concluded, through her own conscious, that there is value in investigating the motivations behind the actions and thoughts of other people. It is implied through the story that Morley is reasonably comfortable comfortable financial at the time in which the story is set, she also appears to have a greater potential for social understanding than some other characters within her family, namely her husband and children who do not show the same level of empathy that Morley does towards Emil, a local homeless person. “He’s Ret***ed,” (117) exclaimed Morley’s daughter when speaking of Emil, which displays her shallow understanding of people living differently than her. Morley, however, has taken the time to get to know Emil to some extent. She allows him to “become a part of [her] world” by learning about where her stays, what he likes, and she has experimented with his sense of contentment.
Morley allows the reader to observe her empathy towards Emil, her appreciation for him as a person, and the attention she pays to his needs and his control of his needs. When Morley displays sympathetic behaviours towards Emil such as giving him money she is attempting to attend to his physical needs, namely those financial. When Morley displays empathy towards Emil by asking “to see [his] garden” in which he was relocating plants from around the neighbourhood, he is much more accepting of her actions and she is attending to his psychological needs. It requires more effort to investigate and apply oneself so someone else’s psychological needs because they are not as obvious, and it takes building a relationship to reveal deeper set, primal needs. Morley shows a greater understanding of social concepts than those around her, and she applies that recognition to those living differently from her.