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Unformatted text preview: Liesel’s papa, if he was working that particular day. Hans Hubermann
would sit with them and tell jokes in the last light of afternoon.
With the arrival of a few hot days, another distraction was learning to swim in the Amper River. The water was
still a little too cold, but they went anyway.
“Come on,” Rudy coaxed her in. “Just here. It isn’t so deep here.” She couldn’t see the giant hole she was
walking into and sank straight to the bottom. Dog-paddling saved her life, despite nearly choking on the swollen
intake of water.
“You Saukerl,” she accused him when she collapsed onto the riverbank.
Rudy made certain to keep well away. He’d seen what she did to Ludwig Schmeikl. “You can swim now, can’t
Which didn’t particularly cheer her up as she marched away. Her hair was pasted to the side of her face and snot
was flowing from her nose.
He called after her. “Does this mean I don’t get a kiss for teaching you?”
The nerve of him!
It was inevitable.
The depressing pea soup and Rudy’s hunger finally drove them to thievery. It inspired their attachment to an
older group of kids who stole from the farmers. Fruit stealers. After a game of soccer, both Liesel and Rudy
learned the benefits of keeping their eyes open. Sitting on Rudy’s front step, they noticed Fritz Hammer—one
of their older counterparts—eating an apple. It was of the Klar variety— ripening in July and August—and it
looked magnificent in his hand. Three or four more of them clearly bulged in his jacket pockets. They wandered
“Where did you get those?” Rudy asked. The boy only grinned at first. “Shhh,” and he stopped. He then proceeded to pull an apple from his pocket and
toss it over. “Just look at it,” he warned them. “Don’t eat it.”
The next time they saw the same boy wearing the same jacket, on a day that was too warm for it, they followed
him. He led them toward the upstream section of the Amper River. It was close to where Liesel sometimes read...
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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