Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

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A German art restorer with whom Florian apprentices. Although Florian’s father is skeptical of Lange, Florian is initially enthralled by his mentor, unquestioningly assisting him with the restoration of hundreds of stolen European paintings and artifacts. Over time, however, it becomes clear to Florian that Lange’s allegiance is to the Nazi party, and that, in Lange’s eyes, Florian is but a lackey (and a potential scapegoat) should the operation be discovered.

Dr. Lange Quotes in Salt to the Sea

The Salt to the Sea quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Lange or refer to Dr. Lange . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Salt to the Sea published in 2016.
46. Florian Quotes

My father’s words hung heavy on my conscience:

“Don’t you see? Lange doesn’t want to train you—he wants to use you, Florian.”
“You don’t understand,” I had argued. “He’s saving the treasures of the world.”
“Saving them? Is that what you call it? Is that how easily he’s duped you? This greedy imposter fills your head with rubbish and you become a traitor?”
“I am not dishonoring Germany. Just the opposite.”
“No, son,” pleaded my father. “Not a traitor to your country. Much worse. A traitor to your soul.

A traitor to your soul. Those were the last words my father said to me. Not because he was finished, but because I stormed out of the house and refused to listen. When I returned months alter, panicked and in need of his counsel, it was too late.
So now I risked everything, confronting fate and the knowledge that had authored my own demise. But only if I failed.

Related Characters: Florian Beck (speaker), Dr. Lange
Page Number: 107
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dr. Lange Character Timeline in Salt to the Sea

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19. Florian
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Outside, as Florian reorganizes his things, he thinks of Dr. Lange, the art director back in Königsberg with whom Florian apprenticed. Florian had loved Dr. Lange,... (full context)
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Over the years, Florian began to realize that Dr. Lange was not as wonderful as he seemed. For starters, he collaborated with Gauleiter Erich Koch,... (full context)
39. Florian
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...invites Joana to dance and Florian watches and thinks back to his time with Dr. Lange. He wonders why, although he was an expert at detecting flaws and forgeries in paintings,... (full context)
46. Florian
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...walks, he thinks back to a conversation with Florian’s father, who warned him that Dr. Lange was trying to use his son, not train him. His father argued that by serving... (full context)
50. Florian
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...as a young man, but has grown more skilled since then.  Florian wonders if Dr. Lange has discovered the object Florian has stolen, in which case he likely would have alerted... (full context)
53. Florian
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...Amber Room was stolen from Russia in 1941, and placed under the care of Dr. Lange, and, by extension, Florian. Florian helped Lange move and hide the room from advancing Soviet... (full context)
82. Florian
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...misjudged Alfred, and that the soldier will not return to him. Florian thinks of Dr. Lange, whom he trusted, although Florian’s father initially saw through him and warned Florian against his... (full context)
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...Nazis had stolen it. A few days later Florian found his unopened letters in Dr. Lange’s drawer. This is when he realized “Koch and Lange weren’t saving the treasures of Europe.... (full context)
87. Florian
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...in reverse.” Florian knows that as more time passes the more likely it becomes that Lange will have found him out. He has a sudden thought that Erich Koch might be... (full context)
128. Joana
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...for Florian. Curious, Joana asks about it. It says, “Have Beck contact me directly. Tell DRL dead. Keys needed. Urgent.”   (full context)
135. Florian
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...up later. As she leaves, Joana relays Koch’s message to Florian. He is uneasy. Dr. Lange has died. Florian believes he is next. (full context)
138. Florian
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...likes the Poet, and wishes he had apprenticed with someone like him instead of Dr. Lange. Florian and the Poet finally exchange real names. They discuss their futures. The Poet admits... (full context)