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Unformatted text preview: As the chapter progresses, Sinclair is startled out of his reverie (caused by the note) when his teacher mentions the name Abraxas during a lecture on Herodotus. Abraxas is the name of an ancient Gnostic deity. It is not, however, referred to in the writings of Herodotus. The young teacher, Dr. Follens, has just completed his university training. It has been mentioned previously in the novel that Demian is somewhere attending a university. Perhaps the young instructor is the messenger who delivered the message. Possibly he has had some contact with Demian. If such contact has occurred, it could explain the oddity of the messages of the note and the corresponding lecture. Another way of viewing this strange episode is to reflect upon the past emphasis on the "dream" aspect or potential unreality of some of the previous events. Possibly, this whole sequence of events aspect or potential unreality of some of the previous events....
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