As the son of a rather prosperous family, Sinclair attends the elite Latin school, but it is his involvement with a public school student, the drunken tailor's son, Franz Kromer, that is the beginning of Sinclair's journey.In an attempt to impress the older ruffian, Kromer, with his bravado, Sinclair invents a lie about his heroic part in the theft of some apples, and thus he makes himself susceptible to blackmail by Kromer. The imagined theft of "apples" is what ultimately leads to his downfall and his exclusion from the "garden." Sinclair frequently refers to the domain of his parents by this term. Hence, very early in the narrative, Hesse employs a biblical allusion and sets a religious tenor for the novel. Both the symbolism and tone will remain quite religious throughout the remainder of the novel. This aspect of
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villainous young Kromer, serpentlike aspect. Kromer, family ties. Sinclair, new one. Sinclair