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Unformatted text preview: ked alone, and even when Rudy arrived at her side with jogging breath and sweaty
cheeks, not another word was said for more than an hour. They only walked home together with aching feet and
There was a chapter called “Tired Hearts” in A Song in the Dark. A romantic girl had promised herself to a
young man, but it appeared that he had run away with her best friend. Liesel was sure it was chapter thirteen. “
‘My heart is so tired,’ ” the girl had said. She was sitting in a chapel, writing in her diary.
No, thought Liesel as she walked. It’s my heart that is tired. A thirteen-year-old heart shouldn’t feel like this.
When they reached the perimeter of Molching, Liesel threw some words across. She could see Hubert Oval.
“Remember when we raced there, Rudy?”
“Of course. I was just thinking about that myself—how we both fell.”
“You said you were covered in shit.”
“It was only mud.” He couldn’t hold his amusement now. “I was covered in shit at Hitler Youth. You’re getting
mixed up, Saumensch. ”
“I’m not mixed up at all. I’m only telling you what you said. What someone says and what happened are
usually two different things, Rudy, especially when it comes to you.”
This was better.
When they walked down Munich Street again, Rudy stopped and looked into the window of his father’s shop.
Before Alex left, he and Barbara had discussed whether she should keep it running in his absence. They decided
against it, considering that work had been slow lately anyway, and there was at least a partial threat of party
members making their presence felt. Business was never good for agitators. The army pay would have to do.
Suits hung from the rails and the mannequins held their ridiculous poses. “I think that one likes you,” Liesel
said after a while. It was her way of telling him it was time to keep going.
On Himmel Street, Rosa Hubermann and Barbara Steiner stood together on the footpath.
“Oh, Maria,” Liesel said. “Do they look worried?”
“They look mad.”
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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