The Magic Mountain Setting & Symbolism

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Maria Mancini Cigars

Hans Castorp's favorite brand, from Hamburg. They lose their taste during Hans' first weeks at the Berghof, part of his detachment from his ordinary Hamburg routines and pleasures.

Thermometer

Hans buys a thermometer from the head nurse. Every Berghof patient takes and records his or her temperature daily. Behrens jokingly call them "glass cigars".

X-ray Plates

Hans and Clavdia Chauchat exchange their X-ray plates as love tokens after they spend the night on Walpurgis-Night (Mardi Gras night).

Lounge Chair

Hans delights in his folding lounge chair in which he takes his outdoor rest cure on the balcony of his room, and spend hours dreaming about Clavdia.

Meadow

Hans finds an alpine meadow with blue flowers where he "plays king" (thinks) for hours. He suggests the meadow as the site for Naphta's and Settembrini's duel.

Polyhymnia

The name of the gramaphone (record player) that Hans Castorp...

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