Study Guide

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Chapter 4

By John Boyne

Chapter 4

What They Saw Through the Window

  • Here's what Gretel sees when she peers from Bruno's window: boys, fathers, grandfathers, uncles.
  • Gretel thinks they're on a farm, but Bruno disagrees because there are no animals or crops.
  • D'oh—she admits he's right, and they stand side by side and stare out the window. When a group of children come out of a hut and are surrounded by shouting soldiers, Gretel thinks it's a rehearsal.
  • Gretel leaves to arrange her dolls, but Bruno stays and notices that all the people are wearing grey striped pajamas.
  • To be clear, these kids are officially growing up next to a concentration camp—though neither of them knows it.