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He made him some coffee in the dark.
The girl had been gone quite a while, but now some more footsteps had approached arrival. The wildcard.
In the darkness, all three of them were completely isolated. They all stared. Only the woman spoke. THE WRATH OF ROSA
Liesel had drifted back to sleep when the unmistakable voice of Rosa Hubermann entered the kitchen. It
shocked her awake.
“Was ist los?”
Curiosity got the better of her then, as she imagined a tirade thrown down from the wrath of Rosa. There was
definite movement and the shuffle of a chair.
After ten minutes of excruciating discipline, Liesel made her way to the corridor, and what she saw truly
amazed her, because Rosa Hubermann was at Max Vandenburg’s shoulder, watching him gulp down her
infamous pea soup. Candlelight was standing at the table. It did not waver.
Mama was grave.
Her plump figure glowed with worry.
Somehow, though, there was also a look of triumph on her face, and it was not the triumph of having saved
another human being from persecution. It was something more along the lines of, See? At least he’s not
complaining. She looked from the soup to the Jew to the soup.
When she spoke again, she asked only if he wanted more.
Max declined, preferring instead to rush to the sink and vomit. His back convulsed and his arms were well
spread. His fingers gripped the metal.
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,” Rosa muttered. “Another one.”
Turning around, Max apologized. His words were slippery and small, quelled by the acid. “I’m sorry. I think I
ate too much. My stomach, you know, it’s been so long since . . . I don’t think it can handle such—”
“Move,” Rosa ordered him. She started cleaning up.
When she was finished, she found the young man at the kitchen table, utterly morose. Hans was sitting opposite,
his hands cupped above the sheet of wood.
Liesel, from the hallway, could see the drawn face of the stranger, and behind it, the worried expression
scribbled like a mess onto Ma...
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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