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Alternative Character Interpretation: The obvious: Old, lonely Eder has gone crazy, and Pumuckl exists only in his imagination. Eder's friends are right when they say he has bats in the belfry. Note how Eder is single and a lifelong bachelor; Pumuckl is a hallucinatory substitute for Eder's repressed desire to have children.
Tear Jerker: Once, Eder got so angry at Pumuckl that he kicked him out.