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This chapter narrates Natalia Ilyinichna Tcherniak's studies in Berlin, where she improved her command of German. It talks about Natalia's studies at the Friedrich Wilhelm University for the academic year 1921–22 in which she cryptically commented that it was a “period of emotional disarray.” It also describes the unpleasant emotional tenor of Berlin in Nathalia's memory, reminding her of painful separation and abandonment by her mother in 1909. The chapter recounts Natalia's discovery of Thomas Mann's 1905 novella “Tonio Kröger” as the literary experience that marked her stay in Berlin and gave her a first intimation of the possibility that she might herself write. It analyzes Natalia's sense of self-recognition in Thomas Mann's novella as the revelation of a kindred sensibility.