Study Guide

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Chapter 3

By John Boyne

Chapter 3

The Hopeless Case

  • Bruno thinks they should have left Gretel—whom he lovingly refers to as the Hopeless Case—in Berlin to watch the house.
  • Despite this, though, he goes to her room and they talk about their gross new place, which Gretel calls "Out-With" (Auschwitz).
  • What does that mean? According to Gretel, it means "out with" the people who lived in the house before…
  • Bruno tells Gretel that the other children don't look friendly.
  • Say what? What the heck is Bruno talking about?
  • He takes her to his room and she looks out his window.