Aschenbach speaks to this Englishman at a British travel agency in Venice. The Englishman is the only person who tells him the truth about the mysterious disease spreading throughout Venice, and explains that city officials are trying to cover up the fact that a dangerous outbreak of Indian cholera has reached the city. He advises Aschenbach to leave Venice for his own safety, but Aschenbach neglects the advice.
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...The next day, Aschenbach went to a British travel agency in Venice and asked an Englishman about the possible disease in Venice. The man said the germicide was simply a preventative... (full context)