Unformatted text preview: er head home,” Rudy suggested, but Liesel did not go.
“Can you wait here for ten minutes?”
Liesel struggled back up to 8 Grande Strasse and sat on the familiar territory of the front entrance. The book
was with Rudy, but she held the letter and rubbed her fingers on the folded paper as the steps grew heavier
around her. She tried four times to knock on the daunting flesh of the door, but she could not bring herself to do
it. The most she could accomplish was to place her knuckles gently on the warmness of the wood.
Again, her brother found her.
From the bottom of the steps, his knee healing nicely, he said, “Come on, Liesel, knock.”
As she made her second getaway, she could soon see the distant figure of Rudy at the bridge. The wind
showered through her hair. Her feet swam with the pedals.
Liesel Meminger was a criminal.
But not because she’d stolen a handful of books through an open window.
You should have knocked, she thought, and although there was a good portion of guilt, there was also the
juvenile trace of laughter.
As she rode, she tried to tell herself something.
You don’t deserve to be this happy, Liesel. You really don’t.
Can a person steal happiness? Or is it just another internal, infernal human trick?
Liesel shrugged away from her thoughts. She crossed the bridge and told Rudy to hurry up and not to forget the
They rode home on rusty bikes.
They rode home a couple of miles, from summer to autumn, and from a quiet night to the noisy breath of the
bombing of Munich. THE SOUND OF SIRENS
With the small collection of money Hans had earned in the summer, he brought home a secondhand radio. “This
way,” he said, “we can hear when the raids are coming even before the sirens start. They make a cuckoo sound
and then announce the regions at risk.”
He placed it on the kitchen table and switched it on. They also tried to make it work in the basement, for Max,
but there was nothing but static and severed voices in the speak...
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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.
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