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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Chapter 6

By John Boyne

Chapter 6

The Overpaid Maid

  • Bruno and Maria have a rap session about Auschwitz; she says his father knows what's best for the family.
  • Suddenly, there's a gunshot—oh wait, it's just Gretel slamming the door. She tells Maria to run her a bath and Bruno tells Gretel she should do it herself.
  • Gretel leaves and Maria follows her, but not before telling Bruno to keep his feelings to himself or he might get everyone in trouble.
  • Bruno gets angry and storms outside, but once there, there's nowhere for him to go.