From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief Chapter 84 Summary
The End of the World (Part 2) Death says the Liesel's book has been with him so long, it's almost disintegrated. That's part of the reason he's telling us about it—so he'll remember it even when the book is gone. Death also wants to tell us what happens the night Himmel Street is bombed and what happens to Liesel afterwards. The first house bombed is Tommy Müller's. The Müllers die sleeping. And then the sirens sound the alert, too late. Ten planes are here, bombing Molching. Death takes Frau Holtzapfel, then Frau Diller, then the Fielders, all in their sleep. Now, Death goes to the Steiners, to Rudy. Death says, "He does something to me every time, that boy. […] He steps on my heart. He makes me cry" (84.18). Now, finally, Death comes for the Hubermanns. Death feels Hans trying to go to Liesel as Death takes him. He takes Rosa "midsnore" (84.25). Death says, "Make no mistake. That woman had a heart. She had a bigger one than people would think" (84.25). As Death is on to the next Himmel Street victim, he hears the bomb squad men laughing and turns to see at what. It's Liesel. After screaming for Hans, she learns that Himmel Street has been bombed. In shock, she's babbling
about saving Hans and Rosa, and helping Max get out of the basement. She sees she's holding a book, her book. Liesel sees someone with Hans's accordion. She asks for it and is given it. She drops it when she sees Frau Holtzapfel's dead body on the ground. Now, she sees Rudy's body. She tells him she loves him and begs him to wake up. She holds him and kisses him. When she moves on, she sees the bodies of Hans and Rosa. She talks to Rosa, but she can't look at Hans. She begins to scream. Death looks at her face and can see she loves Hans "the most" (87.76). Liesel asks one of the LSE men to get the accordion for her. She puts it next to Papa. Later, when Death takes Liesel, he will see a memory in her of watching Hans get up and play for her a final time, as she stays with his dead body on Himmel Street. She kisses him and holds him. She cries until someone comes for her. She has dropped her book, The Book Thief. Death rescues it from a garbage truck.
People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...