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The Tin Drum - Study Guide Chapter 35, Firestones and Tombstones Summary & Analysis

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In Dusseldorf, the family lives with Maria's sister. Guste was engaged to Ktzster when was sent to the Arctic front, and the couple married on furlough. They have only spent a few nights together. Although the war is over, there is no word of Ktzster. Guste insists he is a prisoner in Russia and there will be big changes when he returns. She is referring to the highly profitable black market operation Maria and six-year-old Kurt conduct, selling ersatz honey and flints. Oskar also objects to the illegal activity, but he has a prodigious appetite due to his growth, and the extra money buys food.

Wandering the city, Oskar befriends Korneff, who owns a stonecutter and sells headstones. Soon, Oskar is working as his apprentice. Maria continually harangues Oskar, urging him to find a black market source of his own -...

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