Hans Castorp - This character represents one side of the German soul, the Everyman of his time and place: hard-working, conscientious, middle-class and ordinary on the outside but full of secret longings and unexpected attractions and talents.
Lodovico Settembrini - This character is a poor but elegant Italian humanist and Berghof patient.
Clavdia Chauchat - This character is a twenty-some year old Russian patient whose seemingly glamorous impulses lead to a job as the nursemaid to a sick, impotent, rich, old man.
Leo Naphta - This character is the son of a Jewish ritual butcher who converts to Catholicism after his father's death.
Joachim Ziemssen - This character's only desire is to be a soldier in the flatlands.
Hofrat Behrens - This character is the Director of the International Sanatorium.
Dr. Krokowski - This short, stocky character conducts psychoanalysis sessions on patients and offers regular Sunday lectures...
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