1. Who has hired Balthasar and why?
Frau Stein has hired a magician named Balthasar Hoffman to entertain her with talk of the constellations and magical occurrences.
2. Who lives in the castle with the Steins, and what do they do?
The remaining occupants of the castle include the men who work the print shop under Heinrich's guidance. The men include Adam Binks, a 60-year-old bachelor; Hans Katzenyammer, a 36-year-old man who likes his drink; Moses Haas, a 28-year-old malcontent; Barty Langbein, a 15-year-old crippled boy who does odd jobs around the print shop; Ernest Wasserman, a 17-year-old apprentice and a braggart; Gustav Fischer, a 27-year-old printer of higher caliber than any of his colleagues; and finally, 16-year-old August, the youngest apprentice in the shop.
3. How does August describe Frau Stein?
August describes Frau Stein as a skinny, parsimonious woman with a devilish tongue and stingy manner.
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