* AlternateAesopInterpretation: One young homosexual man wrote to Thomas Mann in some anxiety after reading the book, asking if Mann had intended in it to condemn homosexuality. Mann wrote back that this had not been his intention, that he respected homosexual feeling and that it was far from alien to his own experience.
* {{Squick}}: While homosexuality was frowned upon in Thomas Mann's time, nowadays, we're far more squicked about how a grown man in his thirties or forties is pursuing a boy who is all of ''fourteen''.
** Except he never lays a hand on the boy, or has any intention of doing so.
* TrueArtIsAngsty