Judging a book by its cover is an arbitrary way to determine something’s worth just from their surface. There are many people discriminated because of their race, gender, financial success, and social ranking. In Stuart McLean’s Emil, Morley learns how the value of money and high social status isn’t always the answer to living a happy and rewarding life. When Emil, a homeless man wanders into a new neighbourhood, he is immediately judged by the community. From his tattered clothing to his weird and abstract way of thinking, most did not want to associate themselves with him. Dave, the husband of Morley is an example, stating, “He’s driving me crazy, he’s driving away business” when Emil first appeared in town (108). Just by standing around the street, he was a bothersome to many people, enough for customers to avoid a shop he is near. Despite the pity and annoyance towards Emil from the majority, Morley is able to put his image aside and makes an effort to get to know the man. When Emil won the lottery, he asked for the ten thousand dollars all at once and immediately knew what he wanted to use it for. He gave away 70% of the prize to his community including a few hundred dollars to each of the people who regularly conversed with him. Emil only kept around $450 for himself of which he spent on a haircut, a small battery powered TV and a chair. Although he could’ve easily put his money towards living in better conditions, Emil chose not to; feeling satisfied with the position he is currently in. Even when his TV went missing, Emil said to Morley, “It’s ok. The battery was going anyway, and it only got Canadian channels. You can’t get cable on those small sets” (120). He was not angry or upset that it was gone. From those words, you can tell Emil is not in a hurry to change his way of living. From her interactions with him, Morley has gotten to know the true person Emil is and how caring he is towards others.