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The Reader - Part 1, Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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Part 1, Chapter 3 Summary

Michael does not know the woman's name when he visits her apartment. Michael's mother has insisted that he use part of his savings to purchase some flowers and deliver them to the woman in thanks for her assistance of several months earlier. He asks another tenant about the woman, offering a physical description, and learns that her name is Frau Hanna Schmitz. He remembers further details about the building and Hanna's apartment.

Michael proceeds to Hanna's apartment and delivers a mechanical thank you and hands her some flowers. Hanna invites him inside, and the two characters briefly make small talk. Their age difference makes Michael fairly introverted, as he is 15, and Hanna is 36.

Part 1, Chapter 3 Analysis

Similar to Chapter 2, this brief chapter continues to set the tone of Part 1 of the novel. Again, most of the details provided are not of particular significance throughout the...

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