this is from chapter 7
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Mittelstaedt completely humiliates Kantorek, much to Paul's delight. He acts like this is a sort of payback for the way Kantorek treated him at school.
Mittelstaedt stops in front of him: "Territorial Kantorek, do you call those buttons polished? You seem as though you can never learn. Inadequate, Kantorek, quite inadequate--"
It makes me bubble with glee. In school Kantorek used to chasten Mittelstaedt with exactly the same expression--"Inadequate, Mittelstaedt, quite inadequate."
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