The Magic Mountain - Study Guide Chapter 7, Conclusion Summary & Analysis

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As the years wear on, the Berghof patients become increasingly tense and on edge, prone to quarreling. A female Russian patient engages in a public fight with a saleswoman in town, worsening her condition. A student with thick lips, a long-time patient, suddenly abuses the dwarf waitress and throws a tantrum. A new patient, an anti-Semite who regularly tells anti-Semitic stories, gets into an actual fistfight with a Jewish patient, during which Hans sees hair standing on end and frothing at the mouth, things he thought only existed in books. At the Good Russian table, a Polish officer challenges another patient to a duel over his wife - an affair that makes international news.

Settembrini's and Naphta's debates become more bitter and intense. Naphta's health is getting worse and he is frequently bedridden, but the effect is to make him more argumentative, excitable and aggressive...

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