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Unformatted text preview: A few days after Liesel started school, she went along with the Steiners. Rudy’s mother, Barbara, made him
promise to walk with the new girl, mainly because she’d heard about the snowball. To Rudy’s credit, he was
happy enough to comply. He was not the junior misogynistic type of boy at all. He liked girls a lot, and he liked
Liesel (hence, the snowball). In fact, Rudy Steiner was one of those audacious little bastards who actually
fancied himself with the ladies. Every childhood seems to have exactly such a juvenile in its midst and mists.
He’s the boy who refuses to fear the opposite sex, purely because everyone else embraces that particular fear,
and he’s the type who is unafraid to make a decision. In this case, Rudy had already made up his mind about
On the way to school, he tried to point out certain landmarks in the town, or at least, he managed to slip it all in,
somewhere between telling his younger siblings to shut their faces and the older ones telling him to shut his. His
first point of interest was a small window on the second floor of an apartment block.
“That’s where Tommy Müller lives.” He realized that Liesel didn’t remember him. “The twitcher? When he
was five years old, he got lost at the markets on the coldest day of the year. Three hours later, when they found
him, he was frozen solid and had an awful earache from the cold. After a while, his ears were all infected inside
and he had three or four operations and the doctors wrecked his nerves. So now he twitches.”
Liesel chimed in, “And he’s bad at soccer.”
Next was the corner shop at the end of Himmel Street. Frau Diller’s.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE
ABOUT FRAU DILLER
She had one golden rule. Frau Diller was a sharp-edged woman with fat glasses and a nefarious glare. She developed this evil look to
discourage the very idea of stealing from her shop, which she occupied with soldierlike posture, a refrigerated
voice, and even breath that smelled like “heil Hitler.” The shop itself was white and cold, and completely
bloodless. The small house compressed beside it shivered with a little more severity...
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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