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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Chapter 14

By John Boyne

Chapter 14

Bruno Tells a Perfectly Reasonable Lie

  • One day Shmuel has a black eye and Bruno assumes it is from a bully. Maybe, but we're thinking maybe not… unless Nazi soldiers count as bullies.
  • Bruno asks why they all wear striped pajamas, and Shmuel says that it's because their clothes were taken by the soldiers.
  • One rainy afternoon, Bruno spills the beans about Shmuel to Gretel.
  • He quickly takes it back, though, saying Shmuel's just an imaginary friend.