So many things I’ve read about Cornell cast him as an unhappy person, resentful of his mother and brother, whose life was narrow, lonely, disadvantaged and full of anxiety. I hate all of these descriptions given to him! He probably felt all of those things to a degree. Some, probably to a great degree. But, he also had deep and fulfilling relationships. He loved his brother, Robert. I don’t think it was a one-sided relationship with Joseph only caring for Robert. Robert is described as a pretty happy person. Cornell felt obligated to care for his mother and brother, but that does not mean there were no rewards or reciprocity. Also, to say he was disadvantaged during the Great Depression is laughable! He had food, a place to live and a job (usually). It seems like he was doing pretty well!