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Unformatted text preview: s stranded on the paper, beaten down for her to walk on. Somewhere,
too, in the gaps between a period and the next capital letter, there was also Max. She remembered reading to
him when he was sick. Is he in the basement? she wondered. Or is he stealing a glimpse of the sky again?
A NICE THOUGHT
One was a book thief.
The other stole the sky.
Everyone waited for the ground to shake.
That was still an immutable fact, but at least they were distracted now, by the girl with the book. One of the
younger boys contemplated crying again, but Liesel stopped at that moment and imitated her papa, or even
Rudy for that matter. She winked at him and resumed.
Only when the sirens leaked into the cellar again did someone interrupt her. “We’re safe,” said Mr. Jenson.
“Shhh!” said Frau Holtzapfel.
Liesel looked up. “There are only two paragraphs till the end of the chapter,” she said, and she continued
reading with no fanfare or added speed. Just the words.
DUDEN DICTIONARY MEANING #4
A meaningful unit of
language / a promise / a
short remark, statement,
Related words: term,
name, expression. Out of respect, the adults kept everyone quiet, and Liesel finished chapter one of The Whistler.
On their way up the stairs, the children rushed by her, but many of the older people—even Frau Holtzapfel,
even Pfiffikus (how appropriate, considering the title she read from)—thanked the girl for the distraction. They
did so as they made their way past and hurried from the house to see if Himmel Street had sustained any
Himmel Street was untouched.
The only sign of war was a cloud of dust migrating from east to west. It looked through the windows, trying to
find a way inside, and as it simultaneously thickened and spread, it turned the trail of humans into apparitions.
There were no people on the street anymore.
They were rumors carrying bags.
At home, Papa told Max all about it. “There’s fog and ash—I think they let us out too early.” He looke...
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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