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For a long time, she sat on the steps and watched Molching. It was neither warm nor cool and the town was
clear and still. Molching was in a jar.
She opened the letter. In it, Mayor Heinz Hermann diplomatically outlined exactly why he had to terminate the
services of Rosa Hubermann. For the most part, he explained that he would be a hypocrite if he maintained his
own small luxuries while advising others to prepare for harder times.
When she eventually stood and walked home, her moment of reaction came once again when she saw the
STEINER-SCHNEIDERMEISTERsign on Munich Street. Her sadness left her and she was overwhelmed with
anger. “That bastard mayor,” she whispered. “That pathetic woman.” The fact that harder times were coming
was surely the best reason for keeping Rosa employed, but no, they fired her. At any rate, she decided, they
could do their own blasted washing and ironing, like normal people. Like poor people.
In her hand, The Whistler tightened.
“So you give me the book,” the girl said, “for pity—to make yourself feel better. . . .” The fact that she’d also
been offered the book prior to that day mattered little.
She turned as she had once before and marched back to 8 Grande Strasse. The temptation to run was immense,
but she refrained so that she’d have enough in reserve for the words.
When she arrived, she was disappointed that the mayor himself was not there. No car was slotted nicely on the
side of the road, which was perhaps a good thing. Had it been there, there was no telling what she might have
done to it in this moment of rich versus poor.
Two steps at a time, she reached the door and banged it hard enough to hurt. She enjoyed the small fragments of
pain. Evidently, the mayor’s wife was shocked when she saw her again. Her fluffy hair was slightly wet and her
wrinkles widened when she noticed the obvious fury on Liesel’s usually pallid face. She opened her mouth, but
nothing came out, which was handy, really, for...
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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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