Death in Venice Part Three: The Trip to Venice

Thomas Mann

Part Three: The Trip to Venice

New Characters:
The Ticket Seller: flamboyant man who sells Aschenbach a ticket to Venice

The Rakish Old Man: man on the ship who Aschenbach encounters repeatedly

The Gondolier without a license: transports Aschenbach illegally without being directed to

The Boatman: man who helps Aschenbach’s gondola to shore

Summary
At first Aschenbach travels to the island of Pola in the Adriatic. On arrival, however, he almost immediately realizes that he is drawn only to Venice, despite the fact that he became ill in that city years ago. To make arrangements for a trip to Venice, he is escorted by a hunchbacked sailor, who is outwardly polite but seems to be laughing at...

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