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Unformatted text preview: tery Association hope that we have informedand entertained you in the workings, safety
measures, and duties of grave digging. We wish you every success with your career in the funerary arts and
hope this book has helped in some way.
When the book closed, they shared a sideways glance. Papa spoke.
“We made it, huh?”
Liesel, half-wrapped in blanket, studied the black book in her hand and its silver lettering. She nodded, drymouthed and early-morning hungry. It was one of those moments of perfect tiredness, of having conquered not
only the work at hand, but the night who had blocked the way.
Papa stretched with his fists closed and his eyes grinding shut, and it was a morning that didn’t dare to be rainy.
They each stood and walked to the kitchen, and through the fog and frost of the window, they were able to see
the pink bars of light on the snowy banks of Himmel Street’s rooftops.
“Look at the colors,” Papa said. It’s hard not to like a man who not only notices the colors, but speaks them.
Liesel still held the book. She gripped it tighter as the snow turned orange. On one of the rooftops, she could see
a small boy, sitting, looking at the sky. “His name was Werner,” she mentioned. The words trotted out,
Papa said, “Yes.”
At school during that time, there had been no more reading tests, but as Liesel slowly gathered confidence, she
did pick up a stray textbook before class one morning to see if she could read it without trouble. She could read
every word, but she remained stranded at a much slower pace than that of her classmates. It’s much easier, she
realized, to be on the verge of something than to actually be it. This would still take time.
One afternoon, she was tempted to steal a book from the class bookshelf, but frankly, the prospect of another
corridor Watschen at the hands of Sister Maria was a powerful enough deterrent. On top of that, there was
actually no real desire in her to take the books from school. It was most likely the...
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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