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By Hugh Ridley

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He records the motto over the door of the Meng Strasse house, 'Dominus providebit' (The Lord will provide), out of a genuine historical interest in the processes by which Protestantism adapted to, and was itself adapted by, the economic activities of his own class. The family book with its beautifully observed combination of commercial handwriting and overreligious sentiments is a close record of this interrelation, as is the scrutiny of those telling phrases 'Christian, Father and Businessman' which Gotthold addresses to Johann (1,10), or that balance between piety and business sense with which Griinlich penetrates the family circle and which the Consul so astutely reverses when he extricates Tony from his clutches.

The series begins with the rejection of Gotthold Buddenbrook's demands for money. Gotthold, Johann's son by his first marriage and therefore the Consul's half-brother, has disgraced the family's sense of social prestige by marrying a shop-keeper and wishes to add injury by claiming a share of the family's increased fortune (1,10). The Consul and his daughter Tony enact the next crisis, just before a meeting to wind up the affairs of her bankrupt husband Grunlich, in which the Consul must decide between an obligation to keep the family together and the more tangible obligation not to throw good money after bad (4,7).

Part Four moves from one catastrophe to the next, interweaving Tony's divorce with two highly dramatic deaths, not only that of Lebrecht Kroger, who represents the historical order which is just passing, but also the Consul's death, the principal figure of the whole of Part Four. Of all the deaths, so prominent in the novel, the Consul's enjoys the most obvious narrative attention: a set-piece natural description, recognised by critics and author alike as a show-stopper and allowed briefly to reverberate again in the hail-storm that later destroys Thomas's business hopes (8,5).

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