Elective Affinities; Setting & Symbolism

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The castle

Edward's estate has a large castle, where he and Charlotte live. They entertain many guests there.

The pond

There are three ponds on the property, which are renovated into one big pond. Ottilie accidentally drowns baby Otto in the pond.

Boarding school

Luciana and Ottilie spend many years at a boarding school for young ladies, where they can become accomplished.

The vacation house

The family builds a new house on the estate, and Charlotte and Ottilie live there for a while.

The chapel

Ottilie and the architect remodel the old chapel and paint angels all over the ceiling.

Edward's goblet

Edward has a glass goblet from his childhood. It is engraved with "E" (for Edward) and "O" (for Otto).

Ottilie's birthday box

Edward gives Ottilie a beautiful box filled with expensive clothing for her birthday.

The portrait of Ottilie's father

Ottilie wears a portrait of her...

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