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Unformatted text preview: ucous, without fail. Rosa Hubermann was always talking, and when she
was talking, it took the form of schimpfen. She was constantly arguing and complaining. There was no one to
really argue with, but Mama managed it expertly every chance she had. She could argue with the entire world in
that kitchen, and almost every evening, she did. Once they had eaten and Papa was gone, Liesel and Rosa would
usually remain there, and Rosa would do the ironing.
A few times a week, Liesel would come home from school and walk the streets of Molching with her mama,
picking up and delivering washing and ironing from the wealthier parts of town. Knaupt Strasse, Heide Strasse.
A few others. Mama would deliver the ironing or pick up the washing with a dutiful smile, but as soon as the
door was shut and she walked away, she would curse these rich people, with all their money and laziness. “Too g’schtinkerdt to wash their own clothes,” she would say, despite her dependence on them.
“Him,” she accused Herr Vogel from Heide Strasse. “Made all his money from his father. He throws it away on
women and drink. And washing and ironing, of course.”
It was like a roll call of scorn.
Herr Vogel, Herr and Frau Pfaffelhürver, Helena Schmidt, the Weingartners. They were all guilty of something.
Apart from his drunkenness and expensive lechery, Ernst Vogel, according to Rosa, was constantly scratching
his louse-ridden hair, licking his fingers, and then handing over the money. “I should wash it before I come
home,” was her summation.
The Pfaffelhürvers scrutinized the results. “ ‘Not one crease in these shirts, please,’ ” Rosa imitated them. “
‘Not one wrinkle in this suit.’ And then they stand there and inspect it all, right in front of me. Right under my
nose! What a G’sindel—what trash.”
The Weingartners were apparently stupid people with a constantly molting Saumensch of a cat. “Do you know
how long it takes me to get rid of all that fur? It’s everywhere!”
Helena Schmidt was a rich widow. “That ol...
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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