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Unformatted text preview: roblem will be waiting at the end of the trip—the relative you cringe to kiss.
I think her mother knew this quite well. She wasn’t delivering her children to the higher echelons of Munich,
but a foster home had apparently been found, and if nothing else, the new family could at least feed the girl and
the boy a little better, and educate them properly.
Liesel was sure her mother carried the memory of him, slung over her shoulder. She dropped him. She saw his
feet and legs and body slap the platform.
How could that woman walk?
How could she move? That’s the sort of thing I’ll never know, or comprehend—what humans are capable of.
She picked him up and continued walking, the girl clinging now to her side.
Authorities were met and questions of lateness and the boy raised their vulnerable heads. Liesel remained in the
corner of the small, dusty office as her mother sat with clenched thoughts on a very hard chair.
There was the chaos of goodbye.
It was a goodbye that was wet, with the girl’s head buried into the woolly, worn shallows of her mother’s coat.
There had been some more dragging.
Quite a way beyond the outskirts of Munich, there was a town called Molching, said best by the likes of you
and me as “Molking.” That’s where they were taking her, to a street by the name of Himmel.
Himmel = Heaven
Whoever named Himmel Street certainly had a healthy sense of irony. Not that it was a living hell. It wasn’t.
But it sure as hell wasn’t heaven, either.
Regardless, Liesel’s foster parents were waiting.
They’d been expecting a girl and a boy and would be paid a small allowance for having them. Nobody wanted
to be the one to tell Rosa Hubermann that the boy didn’t survive the trip. In fact, no one ever really wanted to
tell her anything. As far as dispositions go, hers wasn’t really enviable, although she had a good record with
foster kids in the past. Apparently, she’d straightened a few out.
For Liesel, it was a ride in a car.
She’d never been in on...
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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