In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and ... See full summary »
Johann 'Jean' Buddenbrook:
Sit down in my place. I want you to draw up an advertisment. 'Merchant Jean Buddenbrook, royal dutch consul, is honoured to announce that he will stop signing from this day on. The eldest son, Thomas, will from now on manage the Buddenbrook company.'
When Thomas is talking to Tony outside his new mansion, he points to the Big Dipper, which is both high in the sky and oriented "bowl-up". They would have to be very near the North Pole to see this. In Germany, the Dipper is only 20-25 degrees above the horizon when "bowl-up".
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