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MonkeyNotes-Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
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This section falls into three parts: Haller's discussion with his landlady, his learning to dance from Hermine, and his encounter with Pablo. The discussion with the landlady brings out certain characteristics in Haller's character. The landlady pays a real tribute to him by saying that she has had many tenants in the past who were "jewels of respectability," but none were quieter or less disturbing than Haller. In spite of his eccentricities, Haller is not a problem. He also proves that he can be sociable, having tea and chatting pleasantly with the landlady. Sensing that she is pious and religious, Haller talks bout Indian philosophy, proving that he is sensitive to others.


Haller's second meeting with Hermine also brings out some things about him. He has thought a lot about her since their first encounter. In fact, he feels that she exercises a magic over him and sees her as the bright spot in his misery. She means so much to him because she serves as a kind of looking glass for him, because she understands him. She also thinks about her own death, as he does. As a result, Haller opens up to her and tells her about himself and his experiences. He also allows her to teach him to dance.

The third significant thing in this section is Haller's encounter with Pablo, the master magician and jazz artist. In spite of his intellectualism, Haller finds himself attracted to the sensual, cacophonous music of his saxophone. Later in the book, Pablo will serve as Haller's teacher, helping him to gain an insight into himself.

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