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The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief Chapter 68 Summary
The Anarchist's Suit Collection (Since the word "anarchist" doesn't actually come up the story, click here for a definition of anarchy. It might help makes sense of the chapter title.) Since Alex and Hans are both still away, the Steiner's invite Rosa, Trudy (Rosa's daughter), and Liesel to their house on Christmas Eve. When they get there, they find Rudy "in the process of explaining his clothing" (68.1). Throughout December, 1942, Liesel's been reading The Word Shaker. She's also decided on Rudy's Christmas present. She goes to his house to give it to him. Since she doesn't have anything with her, and no money, Rudy sees that she has the need to thieve. Luckily, he has it, too. She convinces Rudy to get the keys to his dad's tailor shop. It seems like the mannequins are watching what's happening. Rudy doesn't think his dad will mind this little break-in,
things being as they are. They goof around in the darkness and Liesel trips over a mannequin. Rudy hopes she isn't giving him a mannequin for Christmas. Nope. She isn't. She picks out a suit for him. He tries it on and asks how it looks. She says it would be better if he had better shoes and a better face. He looks mad and comes after her, but trips on a mannequin and falls laughing to the floor. Then he shuts his eyes. Liesel is worried and leans over him. Death wants her to kiss Rudy! She doesn't. Rudy says he misses his dad. Liesel helps him up and wishes him a Merry Christmas.
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