The Demian residence serves as a meeting place for many types of intellectuals and philosophers, varying from astrologers to Buddhists to a disciple of Tolstoy. Those with the "mark of Cain" remained still somewhat isolated, forming an inner circle, concentrating on achieving such a level of awareness that no matter what would happen to the world, they would be able to understand it, remain stable, and if called upon to do so, to lead. Demian speaks about the soul of Europe and in doing so is very reminiscent of Hesse himself in Blick in Chaos. In his essay on The Brothers Karamazov, he refers to the concept of a new breed of "Russian man." This peculiar being is a type of amoral beast not subject to any existing laws, combining the ferocity of an animal with the gentility of a saint, the splendor of God and the horror of Satan. Those with the "mark" must be ready.
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