Why did it make Mr. Purcell feel “vaguely insulted”?
Mr. Purcell owned the pet shop and considered himself as a professional man. Customers bought birds and animals from him to keep as pets in their houses. He thought that the man had desired the doves desperately as he had spent all his income on it. That is why he sold the doves to him at a reduced price. Mr. Purcell was annoyed with the man because of his behaviour. The man did not show any interest when Mr. Purcell started telling him about the care and feeding of doves. Instead, he walked out of the shop and freed the two doves he had bought, throwing away the cage on the road. This made Mr. Purcell feel “vaguely insulted”.