My bias showed itself today. I was doing a crossword puzzle and the clue was “sympathetic case”. I put “poor slob” because I had some of the first letters, it fit, and made sense. It jumped easily to mind and I heard it in my head in the voice of Daffy Duck. Bug and Daffy often described some unfortunate character as a poor slob, and I believe it was common language from the 40s.
Well as it turns out the answer was “poor soul.” So not only am I predisposed to seeing those in unfortunate situations as slovenly, but also I am unlikely to see a supernatural essence at a person’s core.