Study Guide

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Chapter 14

By Diane Ackerman

Chapter 14

  • To camouflage their secret "Guests" (14.1), Antonina and Jan keep the zoo populated with many legal visitors. Their strategy is to hide people in plain sight.
  • Antonina takes on the role of hostess, doing all the added chores and finding a way to provide extra food.
  • Jan, meanwhile, hides material for bombs underground.
  • The biggest challenge is dealing with Ryś.
  • Antonina teaches Ryś never to talk about the Guests to anyone, because if he does, everyone in the house will be murdered.
  • We've played the Quiet Game before, but never under penalty of death if we lost.
  • Remember back in Chapter 11, when we said to place your bets for when Ryś's pig would be slaughtered?
  • That happens now. German soldiers drag Moryś away to be butchered. He's some pig.