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:
You are a Buddenbrook. We are not born to live for what we might take to be happiness with our short-sighted eyes. We are links in a chain. You, too, are unthinkable without those who have come before us.
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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