Shmuel does not show up at their usual meeting place for a few days, and Bruno is worried that he will have to leave Out-With without saying good-bye. Finally, on the third day, Shmuel is there again at the fence, but he looks “even more unhappy than usual.”
He tells Bruno that something bad has happened and his father is missing. According to Shmuel, his father had gone Monday on “work duty with some other men”; inexplicably, none of them have returned. Bruno proposes that “there must be a simple explanation,” but he cannot think of what it might be. He offers to ask...
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