Unformatted text preview: at would happen next. “You’ll rest up. They’ll ask me what we should do with you.
I’ll tell them you did a great job.” He blew some more smoke. “And I think I’ll tell them you’re not fit for the
LSE anymore and you should be sent back to Munich to work in an office or do whatever cleaning up needs
doing there. How does that sound?”
Unable to resist a laugh within the grimace of pain, Hans replied, “It sounds good, Sergeant.”
Boris Schipper finished his cigarette. “Damn right it sounds good. You’re lucky I like you, Hubermann. You’re
lucky you’re a good man, and generous with the cigarettes.”
In the next room, they were making up the plaster. THE BITTER TASTE OF QUESTIONS
Just over a week after Liesel’s birthday in mid-February, she and Rosa finally received a detailed letter from
Hans Hubermann. She ran inside from the mailbox and showed it to Mama. Rosa made her read it aloud, and
they could not contain their excitement when Liesel read about his broken leg. She was stunned to the extent
that she mouthed the next sentence only to herself.
“What is it?” Rosa pushed. “Saumensch?”
Liesel looked up from the letter and was close to shouting. The sergeant had been true to his word. “He’s
coming home, Mama. Papa’s coming home!”
They embraced in the kitchen and the letter was crushed between their bodies. A broken leg was certainly
something to celebrate.
When Liesel took the news next door, Barbara Steiner was ecstatic. She rubbed the girl’s arms and called out to
the rest of her family. In their kitchen, the household of Steiners seemed buoyed by the news that Hans
Hubermann was returning home. Rudy smiled and laughed, and Liesel could see that he was at least trying.
However, she could also sense the bitter taste of questions in his mouth.
Why Hans Hubermann and not Alex Steiner?
He had a point. ONE TOOLBOX, ONE BLEEDER, ONE BEAR
Since his father’s recruitment to the army the previous October, Rudy’s anger...
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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.
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