.. rator is used to losing friends every day. This is war. is used frequently. Like they are trying to justify what they are doing. Escape from any prison.
Training came a little late. Losing lots of friends to war. Chapter 4 One man was reported on by a neighbor and he went into an asylum where a friend worked. The police finally found him and the doctor said that the man thought that he was dead. They gave him 24 hours of interrogation and then they took him back to the asylum.
They slapped him, and got no reaction, they also tried to make him eat, and he would not. Playing dead had changed the mans hair colour from brown to white. Gideon was called the Saint. Because he looked like a Jewish saint and because he always remained inconspicuous. His father was a rabbi. The woman was saved by a head cold. The police brought a group of women in and had an analyst listen to their voices.
The voices were compared to the voice on the radio. The woman had a cold that day and her voice was not the same. She was quickly eliminated from the suspects. (40) The narrator was once saved by laughter. During his stay at a prison camp, he was supposed to go outside in very cold weather in his rags. The cell block was getting cleaned.
He thought that the exposure would kill him because he had a cold. When the cleaning crew found him the leader grabbed him by the throat. The narrators head swelled up and he looked funny. The leader let him go and started to laugh uncontrollably. The man forgot his intention to kill. Catherine was a 26-27 year old that spoke little German and while the narrator was at a summer camp in Normandy after the war.
She was the only person that could talk to him. He did not know French and none of the other kids except Catherine could speak German.(48) Catherine taught him what women did to men. LOVE? They just happened to meet back up at Palestine. On a walk one night Catherine told him that some of the other girls spoke German. The narrator expressed that he had nothing to say to them.
She replied. You dont have to say anything, . . . all you have to do is love them.
(50) She taught him about women and how and what love is. They went under a tree every night and she taught him how to do many things. She liked to make love to little boys who were going to die. This is why she was there that night. Death playing tricks. Chapter 5 The narrator has a dream where all of the people in the room are people that he had known or killed. He kept on asking people why they were all there but no one would answer.
The only person that answered was the beggar who said This is a night of many faces. (56) The beggar told the narrator to go and talk to a child. The child looked like himself at that age. The boy said that all of the people were there to witness him, the narrator, become a murderer. They are there to help with the execution because they know the narrator cannot do it himself.
The narrators mother could only say Poor boy, poor boy. They told the man in the dungeon that he was going to die at dawn and the man said that he was hungry. The narrator thought that it was impossible for the man to be hungry. The stomach tells a man when he is about to die and that same stomach told the man that he was going to die. But he was also hungry. The little boy wants the narrator to give the prisoner the food.
The narrator states that he does not want to be alone with the prisoner. The boy states that all of the people that are with him will go also. The little boy told the narrator that the ghosts do not go to the synagogue at midnight to pray, they go to eat. Gad ended up taking the food down to the prisoner. The narrator admits to his friends that he is afraid.
(65) He said that he was afraid to laugh at the man. The narrator tells how his mother said that there will always be a golden goat beside him no matter how old or rich he gets. The narrator is extremely worried. He says that the goat has returned to him. He lost it just as he was going into the prison camp.
Ilana, the radio girl, sounds like the narrators mother. He who has killed one man alone is a killer. (69) There were two different kinds of light in the room. White, around the living. And black, around the ghosts.
The narrator approaches the ghost of his father and asks him not to judge. He went to the ghost of his mother and he starts to cry. He tells her that she did not give birth to a murderer but to a soldier. (73) The narrator sees people that were his friends that he did not know were dead. The boy finally speaks and says that they are not there to judge. They are there because the narrator is there.
They have been, and always will be with him. The beggar brushed against the narrator and he realized that the beggar was the prophet Elijah. Gad came from watching the Captain eat and he said that the man was not hungry but he ate with good appetite. Dawn is at 5 oclock and it is now 4 oclock. Gad handed the narrator a revolver. The narrator asked if the prisoner had laughed. Gad replied no The stories that the prisoner told were funny but Gad said that he did not laugh.
The narrator feels that David, the prisoner of the English, will come to the rescue. The narrator wants to go down and get to know who he is murdering. He wants to do this because war is shooting into the night and hoping that the enemy has been hit and is dead. You never know them though.(80) I had never seen a hostage before. (80) The narrator does not want anyone, including the ghosts to go with him to the dungeon. The Beggar states that the narrator has regained his identity.
The gun is symbolized as alive. (82) Trying to convince himself that what he is about to do is the right thing. Foreshadowing? Chapter 6 The cell was less stuffy than the room that everyone was in. The hour is moving extremely slow. Under other circumstances he might have been my friend.
(85) The Captain knew that it was his killer. In the bible Elisha, The name of the narrator, is the deciple of Elijah, who has been the beggar. The Captain was about 40 and the executioner is 18. The Captain has a son about the same age. The son does not look unhappy, but the Cap.
says that the narrator looks unhappy and has anxiety. To block his feelings the narrator starts thinking about David. The Captain asks for some paper for a letter that will be sent to his son after the execution. The nazis referred to. (90) The narrator knew an artist who had his right hand cut off by the Nazis.
The Captain had hands like the artist. The narrator cannot hate the Captain, even though hate is needed for murder. The narrator is going over what is going to happen to David.(96) The Captain asks Why must you try to hate me … (97) The narrator thinks that this is a good question and says In order to give my action a meaning which may somehow transcent it. (98) It is now ten to 5. From this point on every min.
is talked about. Feelings etc. Three minutes to five and the narrator promises that he will mail the letter the same day. The Captain does not want a blindfold. All of the ghosts enter the room with one minute to go.
The boy ghost says that this is the first time that he has seen an execution. (100) The Captain is smiling. The narrator asks why and the Captain says. Im smiling . .
. because all of a sudden it has occurred to me that I dont know why I am dying. (101) The captains last word was the name of the narrator. The ghosts started to leave the cell and the Captain walked beside the little boy. A child began to cry again. For the first time the narrator saw a face in the darkness.
It was his own. Elisha restored breath to a boy, by laying on him, who stopped breathing. 1.