Dr. Shirazi did not let the family see the anguish

he felt as he watched the apparent estrangement grow between

him and Ben, and he would have recoiled at even

the appearance of currying his son’s favor. He had no

leisure time during the day to spend with Ben but

sometimes at meals he would banter with him amiably, with

just a hint of sternness. “Well, my boy,” he said

as he sat down beside him at the dining table,

across from Esther, “how are things going? What have you

been up to? Studying? — Oh, and running? That’s fine, Ben.”


Paraphrases from the novel Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.