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eyes, eroding me? I don’t want to hope for anything anymore. I don’t want to pray that Max is alive and safe.
Or Alex Steiner.
Because the world does not deserve them.
She tore a page from the book and ripped it in half.
Then a chapter.
Soon, there was nothing but scraps of words littered between her legs and all around her. The words. Why did
they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn’t be any of this. Without words, the Führer was nothing. There
would be no limping prisoners, no need for consolation or wordly tricks to make us feel better.
What good were the words?
She said it audibly now, to the orange-lit room. “What good are the words?”
The book thief stood and walked carefully to the library door. Its protest was small and halfhearted. The airy
hallway was steeped in wooden emptiness.
The question came back at her and tried for another surge to the front door. It made it only halfway, landing
weakly on a couple of fat floorboards.
The calls were greeted with nothing but silence, and she was tempted to seek out the kitchen, for Rudy. She
refrained. It wouldn’t have felt right to steal food from a woman who had left her a dictionary against a
windowpane. That, and she had also just destroyed one of her books, page by page, chapter by chapter. She’d
done enough damage as it was.
Liesel returned to the library and opened one of the desk drawers. She sat down. THE LAST LETTER
Dear Mrs. Hermann,
As you can see, I have been in your library again and I have ruined one of your books. I was just so angry
and afraid and I wanted to kill the words. I have stolen from you and now I’ve wrecked your property. I’m
sorry. To punish myself, I think I will stop coming here. Or is it punishment at all? I love this place and hate
it, because it is full of words.
You have been a friend to me even though I hurt you, even though I have been insu ferable (a word I looked
up in your di...
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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