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Apparently hoping to counteract the discordant note, the editor said, by way of apology, "But think of all the people your article helped!"

From childhood, Tomas had associated the words "helping people" with one thing and one thing only: medicine. How could an article help people? (5.14.6)

Just like Franz and Sabina, Tomas and the editor are unable to communicate because they define words differently. Miscommunication is an idea that pervades all aspects of the novel – the romantic, sexual, political, and historical.

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