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The Book Thief Chapter 43 Summary
Three Acts of Stupidity by Rudy Steiner
In this chapter, Rudy will commit potato-thievery, challenge Hitler Youth leader Franz Deutscher, and then stop attending Hitler Youth meetings.
The problem with the potato is that Rudy steals the potato everyone else at the market wants. They want it because it's the biggest one.
So, everybody sees him take it.
Rudy starts telling a sob story to the owner, but the owner is threatening to call the police.
Luckily, his teacher is there, and his teacher sticks up for him and gets the owner to let him go.
Failed again. Poor Rudy.
The next incident starts at Hitler Youth.
When Franz asks Rudy Hitler's birthday, one of Franz's favorite questions, Rudy goofs around gives Jesus' birthday instead.
Franz is not amused and makes him run laps until he finally gives the right date.
Several days later, Rudy sees Franz on Munich Street and throws a rock at him, hitting him in the back.
Liesel, Tommy, and Rudy's little sister are with him.
Franz beats him horribly, blackening his eye, cracking his ribs, and cutting his hair with a pocket-knife.
So, Rudy stops going to the meetings.
He strolls along the Amper River instead, and when his parents find out, he flat out refuses to return.
Luckily, Rudy's older brother gets him into a division of Hitler Youth that he can tolerate.
Tommy gets to come, too. Rudy is much more careful now.
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