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us if you’re the one standing in front of them. If they ask you where I am, tell them I’m sick. And look sad
when you tell them. You’re skinny and pale enough to get their pity.”
“Herr Vogel didn’t pity me.”
“Well . . .” Her agitation was obvious. “The others might. So don’t argue.” “Yes, Mama.”
For a moment, it appeared that her foster mother would comfort her or pat her on the shoulder.
Good girl, Liesel. Good girl. Pat, pat, pat.
She did no such thing.
Instead, Rosa Hubermann stood up, selected a wooden spoon, and held it under Liesel’s nose. It was a necessity
as far as she was concerned. “When you’re out on that street, you take the bag to each place and you bring it
straight home, with the money, even though it’s next to nothing. No going to Papa if he’s actually working for
once. No mucking around with that little Saukerl, Rudy Steiner. Straight. Home.”
“And when you hold that bag, you hold it properly. You don’t swing it, drop it, crease it, or throw it over your
“Yes, Mama.” Rosa Hubermann was a great imitator, and a fervent one. “You’d better not, Saumensch. I’ll find
out if you do; you know that, don’t you?”
Saying those two words was often the best way to survive, as was doing what she was told, and from there,
Liesel walked the streets of Molching, from the poor end to the rich, picking up and delivering the washing. At
first, it was a solitary job, which she never complained about. After all, the very first time she took the sack
through town, she turned the corner onto Munich Street, looked both ways, and gave it one enormous swing—a
whole revolution—and then checked the contents inside. Thankfully, there were no creases. No wrinkles. Just a
smile, and a promise never to swing it again.
Overall, Liesel enjoyed it. There was no share of the pay, but she was out of the house, and walking the streets
without Mama was...
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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