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Rosa. “Should I go out? To see if they need help where the bombs dropped?”
Rosa was not impressed. “Don’t be so idiotic,” she said. “You’ll choke on the dust. No, no, Saukerl, you’re
staying here.” A thought came to her. She looked at Hans very seriously now. In fact, her face was crayoned
with pride. “Stay here and tell him about the girl.” Her voice loudened, just slightly. “About the book.”
Max gave her some added attention.
“The Whistler,” Rosa informed him. “Chapter one.” She explained exactly what had happened in the shelter.
As Liesel stood in a corner of the basement, Max watched her and rubbed a hand along his jaw. Personally, I
think that was the moment he conceived the next body of work for his sketchbook.
The Word Shaker.
He imagined the girl reading in the shelter. He must have watched her literally handing out the words. However,
as always, he must also have seen the shadow of Hitler. He could probably already hear his footsteps coming
toward Himmel Street and the basement, for later.
After a lengthy pause, he looked ready to speak, but Liesel beat him to it.
“Did you see the sky tonight?”
“No.” Max looked at the wall and pointed. On it, they all watched the words and the picture he’d painted more
than a year earlier—the rope and the dripping sun. “Only that one tonight,” and from there, no more was
spoken. Nothing but thoughts.
Max, Hans, and Rosa I cannot account for, but I know that Liesel Meminger was thinking that if the bombs ever
landed on Himmel Street, not only did Max have less chance of survival than everyone else, but he would die
completely alone. FRAU HOLTZAPFEL’S OFFER
In the morning, the damage was inspected. No one died, but two apartment blocks were reduced to pyramids of
rubble, and Rudy’s favorite Hitler Youth field had an enormous bowl spooned out of it. Half the town stood
around its circumference. People estimated its depth, to compare it with their shelters. Several boys and girls
spat into it.
Rudy was stan...
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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