Insofar as the narrative repeatedly configures Chauchat as a reincarnation of Pribislav Hippe, the boy who had attracted Castorp in his youth, her sexual encounter with him represents the fulfillment of Castorp's own homosexual desire.
Repeatedly referred to by his mighty head, a big, bulbous thing that swells and reddens, Peeperkorn is cast as a divine erection, a resurrection of the phallic imagery that had already marked Castorp's relationships with Pribislav Hippe and Clawdia Chauchat.
Though married and the father of six children, Mann had strong homoerotic urges, which he obliquely portrayed in Yonio Kroger's love for Hans Hansen, Gustav von Aschenbach's love for the Polish boy Tadzio in "Death in Venice" and Hans Castorp's love for Pribislav
Hippe (another beautiful Slav) in The Magic Mountain.
Thomas Mann, though married and the father of six children, had strong homoerotic urges, which he obliquely portrayed in Tonio Kroger's love for Hans Hansen, Gustav von Aschenbach's love for the Polish boy Tadzio in "Death in Venice" and Hans Castorp's love for Pribislav Hippe (another beautiful Slav) in The Magic Mountain.
But he immediately falls in love with Clavdia Chauchat, whose Kirghiz eyes remind him of his boyhood love, Pribislav Hippe, and ends up staying on the enchanted mountain for seven idle but stimulating years.
He transformed his idealized longing for young men into Hans Hansen in "Tonio Kroger," Pribislav
Hippe in The Magic Mountain, Rudi Schwerdtfeger in Doctor Faustus, and the eponymous hero of Felix Krull.
uber sich/[how deftly he performed the task of] throwing one blanket over the other (126/86); so sei es doch eine Schande, dass nicht geheizt werde/it would be no disgrace to heat the place (127/86); Ja, unsere Sommersaison, die hats in sich, die ist nicht von schlechten Eltern/ Yes, our summer season's quite the thing, of very good parentage (150/104); mit einer rasselnden Aussprache, die sonderbar zu der Gebrochenheit ihres Wesens stimmte/with a clanking accent that stood in strange contrast to her fragility (154/107); alles war ganz wie bei Pribislav
, und nicht anders hatte dieser ihn angesehen, wenn sie auf dem Schulhof aneinander vorubergingen/it was all exactly like Pribislav
, who had looked no different when they had passed one another in the schoolyard (206/144);.
Also included in the first volume are several papers read at a conference held at the Academy on 3 November 1992, including "The Untalkables of Music," by Mantle Hood, and "Du cylindre au disque compact: Les archives sonores du Musee de l'Homme (Paris)," by Pribislav
Hans Castorp's crush on his schoolmate Pribislav
Hippe, he of the Kirghiz eyes, in "The Magic Mountain"?
The equally spoiled and luxury-loving Clavdia combines, like Lou, both masculine and feminine qualities, and reminds Hans of his boyhood love, the androgynous Pribislav
Both heroes fall madly in love with an irresistibly beautiful Slav: Aschenbach with the young Polish boy Tadzio, Castorp with the Russian femme fatale Clavdia Chauchat, who reminds him of his boyhood love for another handsome young Slav, Pribislav