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Unformatted text preview: ir respective homes, Rudy’s voice reached over and handed Liesel the truth. For a
while, it sat on her shoulder, but a few thoughts later, it made its way to her ear.
“I did it on purpose.”
When the confession registered, Liesel asked the only question available. “But why, Rudy? Why did you do it?”
He was standing with a hand on his hip, and he did not answer. There was nothing but a knowing smile and a
slow walk that lolled him home. They never talked about it again.
For Liesel’s part, she often wondered what Rudy’s answer might have been had she pushed him. Perhaps three
medals had shown what he’d wanted to show, or he was afraid to lose that final race. In the end, the only
explanation she allowed herself to hear was an inner teenage voice.
“Because he isn’t Jesse Owens.”
Only when she got up to leave did she notice the three imitation-gold medals sitting next to her. She knocked on
the Steiners’ door and held them out to him. “You forgot these.”
“No, I didn’t.” He closed the door and Liesel took the medals home. She walked with them down to the
basement and told Max about her friend Rudy Steiner.
“He truly is stupid,” she concluded.
“Clearly,” Max agreed, but I doubt he was fooled.
They both started work then, Max on his sketchbook, Liesel on The Dream Carrier. She was in the latter stages
of the novel, where the young priest was doubting his faith after meeting a strange and elegant woman. When she placed it facedown on her lap, Max asked when she thought she’d finish it.
“A few days at the most.”
“Then a new one?”
The book thief looked at the basement ceiling. “Maybe, Max.” She closed the book and leaned back. “If I’m
THE NEXT BOOK
It’s not the Duden Dictionary and
Thesaurus, as you might be expecting.
No, the dictionary comes at the end of this small trilogy, and this is only the second installment. This is the part
where Liesel finishes The Dream Carrier and steals a story called A Song in the Dark. As always, it was taken
from the mayor’s...
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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