By Gloria Whelan
Peter Liebig cannot look forward to summer time. he is bored with school rooms, academics, and the never-ending lectures concerning the terrible Nazis. The conflict has been over for ten years, and in addition to, his city of Rolfen, West Germany, has moved on properly. regardless of its bombed-out church, it seems to be simply as calm and beautiful as ever. there's funds to be made on the seashore, and there are entire days to spend with Father at his task. And, in fact, there is football. lots for a thirteen-year-old boy to appear ahead to. but if Peter stumbles throughout a letter he was once by no means intended to work out, he unravels a troubling mystery. quickly he questions everything—the town's peaceable nature, his mom and dad' tales concerning the warfare, and his personal experience of belonging.
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I will tell her I read the letters and saw the picture of the woman and I know the woman. Night after night the mysterious woman came to me in my nightmare wanting something. I will ask Mother, “Who is the woman? ” Luckily another hour goes by before my parents 43 return, giving me time to come to my senses. How can I be sure the woman in the picture and the woman in my nightmare are the same? Even if they are, after all the years of caring for me, how can I confront Mother and accuse her of not being my mother?
My darling, I have taken a great chance. If only you had been here to tell me what to do. Perhaps when you learn what it is I have done, you will be very unhappy, but I could not act otherwise. I believe it was a gift from God, who took pity on me because of my deepest longing. You will know what that is, but I can say no more. Mother is the most sensible person in the world. She thinks over everything twice and then once again. What 40 chance did she take? And what is her “deepest longing”? Eagerly I open Father’s reply.
It’s a safe answer, for Mother is always looking for another way to wear her hair. ” She glances in the mirror, the same mirror that has held my two images. “Why, Peter, imagine you noticing. What a nice compliment. For that I’ll make you some cocoa. ” “Not now, Mother, I promised Kurt I would meet him. ” I know that if I stay in the same room with 44 her, I won’t be able to keep from asking questions. I suddenly have to tell someone my story. I throw on my jacket and I’m out the door, my mother watching me, a puzzled look on her face, for I have never been known to refuse anything with chocolate, which is my favorite and very scarce.