Liesel works with Hans, and Rudy runs. He's in deep training for the upcoming Hitler Youth carnival in August.
He wants to win all four races, out of desire to do well for his new Hitler Youth leaders, who are kind to him. He also really wants to stick it to Franz Deutscher
(the old Hitler Youth leader).
Rudy wins the first race, the 1500 meter race.
Liesel isn't doing too well in any of the events; she's happy to leave the glory for Rudy.
He gets second place in the 100 meter race.
Now it's time for the last race, the 400 meter.
The boys line up.
Rudy is fooling around in the dirt and is scolded by an official.
Next, Rudy starts running before the second starter-shot is fired. He's given another official warning.
Three strikes and he's out.
He false-starts again, and Liesel can't quite believe it. She's been picturing him winning.
Afterwards, Liesel and Rudy sit and talk about everything but his disqualification from the final race.
He tells her, "I did it on purpose" (54.62).
Liesel asks why, but Rudy just smiles.
She would never be able to figure out it out.
After Rudy leaves her, Liesel finds three fake-gold medals and hurries to give them back to Rudy.
He implies that he left them for her on purpose.
Liesel takes the medals to the basement and tells Max about Rudy.
While Max works on his book, Liesel reads The Dream Carrier. She thinks she'll finish soon.
The next book she steals from the mayor's library is called A Song in the Dark.
Liesel steals it one morning, alone.
Feeling good to be by herself, she reads by the Amper River.
In another week the third thing, the completion of the trilogy, happens.
Toward the end of August, Liesel gets a gift. Rudy points it out to her. There's something against the closed window of the mayor's wife's library. It's a book—The Complete Duden Dictionary and Thesaurus.