Number the Stars
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Then they were there, in front of her. Four armed soldiers. With them, straining at taut leashes, were two large dogs, their eyes glittering, their lips curled. (14.38)
Let's take a look at the nitty-gritty language here. As if the words "four armed soldiers" and "two large dogs" weren't frightening enough on their own, Lowry uses some major wordage to reinforce the scary: "straining," "taut," "glittering" and "curled." Gulp.
Annemarie gave him a withering look. "You know we have no meat," she said insolently. "Your army eats all of Denmark's meat." (15.27)
Withering? Insolently? Okay, time to break out your dictionaries. We'll give you a hint: insolent basically means rude. Whoa—rude? That's right. Despite how scary the soldiers are, Annemarie is brave enough to criticize the way they treat Denmark and its resources.
"Someday you will find her [Ellen] again. Someday the war will end," Uncle Henrik said. "All wars do." (16.54)
All wars end. Great. But Annemarie wants this war to end. It's like telling your friend whose boyfriend just broke up with her, "it will get better—it always does." Well hey, it's the thought that counts.