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Recipes supplied by his mother are transformed into the lively dinner conversations of the guests in Part One; a cartoon from Simplicissimus comes to life as Herr Permaneder; memories of Goethe's Werther go into the Consul's enthusiasm for the family's neglected garden (1,5); and other words or images from Mann's reading give us Griinlich and his slimy name, and that mischievous 'x' which Hanno vainly hunts across his maths books. The novel is a patchwork, yet so superbly joined together that there is only one pattern.
So it is that the actual clergymen who figure in the lives of the prominent Liibeck families are (with the colourful exception of the eccentric habitues of the Jerusalem evenings) characterised exclusively in terms of their function, and are as a result ail-but interchangeable. Far from providing differentiated cameo-portraits of the local clergy, Mann merges the three generations of priests (Wunderlich, Kolling and Pringsheim) into a neat composite picture of a stable compromise between dogma and sensitivity to the needs of the rich.
The most famous of these are 'Tristan' (1903), 'Tonio Kroger' (1903) and 'Der Tod in Venedig' (Death in Venice) (1912). Mann summarised the relationship between his first novel and these shorter works when he referred to 'Tonio Kroger' as a 'prose ballad [. ] played on the instrument which I had made for myself: the large novel' (XII,90), a phrase which neatly expresses the achievement of Buddenbrooks in creating a framework within which Mann could make his own experiences artistically productive, a scale of tone and theme on which other works might draw and to which they might add new elements.