"I was thinking about the Square students"
Claverly Hall set the standard for Harvard’s private dormitories and featured electric bells, private baths, steam heat, squash courts and a swimming pool
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeClaverly Hall set the standard for Harvard’s private dormitories and featured electric bells, private baths, steam heat, squash courts and a swimming pool - Credit: LenEdgerly

The Square students were those who occupied the opulent dormitories that sprang up to accommodate the university’s mushrooming numbers around the turn of the century. Whilst the existing accommodation in Harvard Yard had nothing by the way of running water, steam heat, electricity or indoor bathrooms, the Square dormitories boasted not only these but luxuries including swimming pools, room-service, gymnasiums and squash courts. Naturally, those able to live there were the wealthy elite. Quentin and Shreve, as Yard residents, are highly conscious of the social divide.