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bed, Papa half asleep and the girl wide awake.
Sometimes she watched Papa as he slept, knowing both more and less about him than either of them realized.
She often heard him and Mama discussing his lack of work or talking despondently about Hans going to see
their son, only to discover that the young man had left his lodging and was most likely already on his way to
“Schlaf gut, Papa,” the girl said at those times. “Sleep well,” and she slipped around him, out of bed, to turn off
The next attribute, as I’ve mentioned, was the mayor’s library.
To exemplify that particular situation, we can look to a cool day in late June. Rudy, to put it mildly, was
incensed. Who did Liesel Meminger think she was, telling him she had to take the washing and ironing alone today?
Wasn’t he good enough to walk the streets with her?
“Stop complaining, Saukerl,” she reprimanded him. “I just feel bad. You’re missing the game.”
He looked over his shoulder. “Well, if you put it like that.” There was a Schmunzel. “You can stick your
washing.” He ran off and wasted no time joining a team. When Liesel made it to the top of Himmel Street, she
looked back just in time to see him standing in front of the nearest makeshift goals. He was waving.
“Saukerl,” she laughed, and as she held up her hand, she knew completely that he was simultaneously calling
her a Saumensch. I think that’s as close to love as eleven-year-olds can get.
She started to run, to Grande Strasse and the mayor’s house.
Certainly, there was sweat, and the wrinkled pants of breath, stretching out in front of her.
But she was reading.
The mayor’s wife, having let the girl in for the fourth time, was sitting at the desk, simply watching the books.
On the second visit, she had given permission for Liesel to pull one out and go through it, which led to another
and another, until up to half a dozen books were stuck to her, either clutched beneath her arm or among the pile
that was clim...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2014 for the course ENG 99 taught by Professor Michal during the Winter '13 term at CSU Sacramento.
- Winter '13