Helmholtz Watson

Helmholtz Watson can be found in chapter five for the first time:
He seems to have the exact opposite of Bernard's problem (p.58, ll.6-8). He is a well built and agile man and it is said, that he "had had 640 different girls in 4 years" (p. 58, l. 30).
Here it gets obvious that Helmholtz has everything that Bernard wants to have: He is just the little too perfect, that Bernard lacks in his appearance.
Helmholtz knows that he is different to the others, what leads to his idea of being individual. This makes him being a good friend of Bernard, who thinks so, too.
But the problem that Watson has in his life is, that he has almost reached everything that could be reached. He is a great sportsman (p.58, ll. 29-30), as well as an "indefatigable lover" (p.58, l. 30) - it means "unerm├╝dlicher Liebender"- and a man, who has great success in his job.
The fact is that all these aspects (women, sport, communal activities) are only second bests for him, he feels so bored in his life, that he is looking for something else, without being able to find it. That is the reason for his friend Bernard to come to him to discuss about this "status quo" that he is in (p.59, ll. 2-3), but he is aware that Bernard's hatred for the system springs from a different basis of dislike. (Fabian Jacob)

One significant quote that confirms his way of thinking can be found in Chapter 4 - p.60, ll.6-10: "Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren't using - you know, like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines?" (Andreas Peters)

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