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She leaned above him, she inclined unto him and bent down over him, he was conscious of her organic fragrance and the mild pulsation of her heart. " The elements of this dream derive from Hans' recent anatomical research as well as from his desire for Clavdia, and they show some traces of a scientific-aesthetic synthesis. Mann's persistent fascination with the female arm is shown again. We feel that the arms stand for something. Though sensually vivid, they are still just barely phenomena. In an earlier dream, Hans kissed the palm of Clavdia's hand.

Late on a summer evening, Hans had sat in a boat and seen simultaneously bright daylight in the West and a moonlit night in the East. The conjunction had lasted only ten minutes, to be resolved, by the nature of things, in the victory of night. To associate Clavdia with this experience is to admit that she is identified with the night and contrasted with the rational daylight world of Settembrini. It is also to admit that her influence is becoming dominant. We cannot concern ourselves here with working out all the implications of this image, but it is relevant insofar as it has to do with an important aspect of Clavdia.

The white sweater appears again on the day of her departure. As the emphasis on Clavdia's bone structure connects her with the symbolic body that Hans saw in his vision as the image of life, so her white clothing links her influence on Hans with the most important vision he has-a vision that takes place in snow. It can also be taken as a Dionysian note. D. 168. " 27 Clavdia's association with the conjunction of sun and moon may also have implications beyond those of East against West. As I said, Hans connects her to the youthful experience when he saw day and night simultaneously while sitting in a boat.

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