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- There was a preachy flavor to it, although it was delivered in the light, bantering tone of small talk.3.4 - Satana (37% in)
- It was a very inadequate insight, based on vulgar intuition and lacking real moral profundity, and so perfectly worthy of Frau Stohr—which was why Hans Castorp replied only with a tired, disdainful glance when she expressed it in her coarse, bantering way.5.8 - Danse Macabre (91% in)
- ...of this late arrival, just as it was resolved in Hans Castorp's own mind as he lay on his balcony and admitted that those two hyperarticulate mentors, tugging at both sides of his soul, simply shrank beside Pieter Peeperkorn, until he was inclined to call them the same name the Dutchman had called him in a fit of drunken royal banter—"little chatterboxes"—and decided it was a piece of good luck that hermetic pedagogy had also brought him into contact with such a manifest personality.7.4 - Mynheer Peeperkorn (Continued) (2% in)
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