All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See


Anthony Doerr

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All the Light We Cannot See: 3. Hauptmann Summary & Analysis

One day, Werner and his peers are taught by an old doctor named Hauptmann. Hauptmann gives every student a small metal box and tells them to build a simple telegraph generator—he adds that they have only one hour to do so. Werner easily solves this challenge—indeed, it takes him only a minute or two. Hauptmann is impressed. Werner also shows Hauptmann that he can build simple motors using only magnets and wire. Hauptmann plans to give Werner more assignments to train him for engineering work.
It seems that Werner is finally using his intelligence and skill advance his career as a scientist. Even if before Werner was admitted to his school partly because of his race, he’ll now rise within the school due to his intelligence. Hauptmann starts to act like a father-figure for Werner, sponsoring Werner’s scientific ambitions with assignments that seem tailor-made for him.
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