Quotation by Thomas Mann

I find (a coffin) a handsome piece of furniture, even empty; when someone is lying in it, then, in my eyes, it is positively sublime.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 109, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).

Emblematic of Hans Catorp's fascination with death.
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