Number the Stars
How we cite our quotes:
"Why are you running?" the harsh voice asked. His Danish was very poor. Three years, Annemarie thought with contempt. Three years they've been in our country, and still they can't speak our language. (1.14)
Do you consider the language you speak to be part of your identity? Annemarie sure does.
"They will remember your faces," Mrs. Rosen said, turning in the doorway to the hall. "It is important to be one of the crowd, always. Be one of many. Be sure that they never have reason to remember your face." (1.58)
In 21st-century America, we value originality and individuality. One look at Lady Gaga makes that crystal clear. But here Mrs. Rosen counsels against it; by blending in and losing themselves in the crowd, the girls have a much better chance of being safe. Makes you feel pretty lucky that you can wear your Converse to school, right?
"Who is that man who rides past here every morning on his horse?" the German soldier had asked.
Papa said he had smiled to himself, amused that the German soldier did not know. He listened while the boy answered.
"He is our king," the boy told the soldier. "He is the King of Denmark." (2.16-18)
This is almost laughable in today's world. (Well, we guess it was laughable then, too, since Papa did chuckle a bit.) In a world run by Google and TMZ, celebrities just don't go unrecognized. What do you think? Is this a sign of the times, or is the German soldier just plain ignorant? On the other hand, would you recognize the Prime Minister of Canada?