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The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

Summary and Analysis Part 3: Mein Kampf: The Aryan Shopkeeper

Summary

Liesel and Rudy find a pfennig on the ground and buy a single piece of candy from Frau Diller. They split it between them.


Analysis

This chapter illustrates a happy moment for Rudy and Liesel in Nazi Germany, reminding us still of the blend between lightness and darkness, and also the need to placate those who support Hitler, like Frau Diller, by saying, "Heil Hitler" upon entering her store. Death also states that while Rudy and Liesel were lucky once on this day, they weren't lucky again in finding more money; he comments on how luck does not often strike, foreshadowing bad luck to come.