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in which our narrator introduces:
himself—the colors—and the book thief DEATH AND CHOCOLATE
First the colors.
Then the humans.
That’s usually how I see things.
Or at least, how I try.
HERE IS A SMALL FACT
You are going to die.
I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves
hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can
be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do
REACTION TO THE
Does this worry you?
I urge you—don’t be afraid.
I’m nothing if not fair.
—Of course, an introduction.
Where are my manners?
I could introduce myself properly, but it’s not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon
enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be
standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my
shoulder. I will carry you gently away.
At that moment, you will be lying there (I rarely find people standing up). You will be caked in your own body.
There might be a discovery; a scream will dribble down the air. The only sound I’ll hear after that will be my
own breathing, and the sound of the smell, of my footsteps.
The question is, what color will everything be at that moment when I come for you? What will the sky be
Personally, I like a chocolate-colored sky. Dark, dark chocolate. People say it suits me. I do, however, try to
enjoy every color I see—the whole spectrum. A billion or so flavors, none of them quite the same, and a sky to
slowly suck on. It takes the edge off the stress. It helps me relax.
A SMALL THEORY
People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and
ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a
multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment...
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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