Chapter 11 ends in a somber tone, as did Chapter 10. David Malter suffers a heart attack, and Reuven temporarily moves in with Danny's family while his father recuperates. Reuven's stay with Danny's family allows us to gain a better insight into the Saunders family. Reb Saunders is both physically and emotionally devastated by the slaughter of millions of Jews during World War II. Dark circles form around his eyes, and he walks perpetually bent over. Reuven notes that Reb Saunders is "forever silent, withdrawn, his eyes turned inward, brooding, as if witnessing a sea of suffering he alone could see." Danny's father appears to be internalizing the suffering of his people. Reuven also is concerned that Danny and his father never communicate with each other, as if they are "physically incapable" of speaking warm words of affection. Danny continues to struggle intellectually and emotionally with much of what he reads concerning
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