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Number the Stars Chapter 14

By Lois Lowry

Chapter 14

On the Dark Path

  • Annemarie gets going. Talk about scary circumstances: it's still nighttime, the weather is pretty nasty, and she's all alone. She knows where she's going, but that doesn't seem to make it any better. (We're freaked out just thinking about it.)
  • To pass the time, she pretends she's telling her sister the tale of "Little Red Riding-Hood." Weirdly, the walk she's taking kind of corresponds to the events in the story.
  • Annemarie talks through the story as she walks through the forest. In spite of—or maybe because of—the story, she starts to freak herself out. 
  • Even though it's slower, Annemarie stays in the less traveled parts of the woods, so there's less of a chance she'll run into someone. 
  • She thinks while she walks—good way to stay distracted. She remembers different versions of the fairy tale she's told to her sister, and she thinks about the visits she's taken to Henrik's home in the past. She thinks about her mother's life there, too, and how her mom will have to see the doctor.
  • As she gets closer to her destination, Annemarie reaches the point in the story where the wolf usually appears. She freaks herself out even more, thinking she's hearing wolf sounds, even though that's totally unrealistic. 
  • Or not.
  • Sure enough, she does run into a wolf of sorts—several, in fact: Nazi soldiers accompanied by dogs.