The Visit

Claire brings a large and strange collection of things with her to Güllen, and among them is her caged pet panther. The animal’s presence invokes Claire’s old nickname for Ill—she used to call him…

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The empty coffin is also among the possessions Claire brings with her to Güllen. Its presence is foreboding from the moment it appears: when the Teacher first sees it, he senses that Claire is the…

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The greater the Gülleners’ debts, the greater their incentive to accept Claire’s offer and kill Ill for money. With every new purchase, then, the townspeople further commodify Ill, raising the price on his head…

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