The Book Thief
Love Quotes Page 2
How we cite our quotes:
"You know, Liesel? I nearly wrote you a reply and signed your mother's name. […] But I couldn't. I couldn't bring myself." (16.1)
Hans demonstrates that sometimes love simply means telling the truth. Love is behind Hans's desire to shield Liesel from the fact that her mother is dead, but the truth is much more helpful. When she learns that Hitler is at the root of her mother's disappearance, she learns to see Nazism for what it is.
"Do you still play the accordion?" (29.4)
This is the second line Max speaks to Hans when he finally makes it to Himmel Street. Bringing up the accordion evokes the relationship between Hans and Erik, Max's father. They are words that foreshadow the father-son like relationship that will develop between Hans and Max.
"Bring nothing," Walter said. "Just what you're wearing. I'll give you the rest." (31.74)
Walter commits a huge act of love by taking Max into hiding and helping him find his way to Hans. And that's what friends are for.