In Number the Stars, what are some code phrases the characters use? What does Papa mean when he says, "Is the weather good for fishing?"

In Number the Stars, some code phrases the characters use include the one that Papa uses, "Is the weather is good for fishing?” The word “weather” means surveillance or how heavily the ports are being watched. He uses the word “fishing” to signify smuggling. Papa and Henrik contemplate smuggling people out of Copenhagen to keep them out of the clutches of the Nazis. Papa uses “cigarettes” as code for refugees who need to escape.

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When Papa asks whether the weather is good for fishing, he is actually asking whether current Nazi surveillance levels are low enough to allow for people to be smuggled out of Denmark. While Annemarie is initially confused by this (because her uncle goes fishing every day), she soon realizes that the question relates to whether or not it will be safe for the Rosen family to make their escape by boat to Sweden.

Another code phrase used is a carton of cigarettes. When Annemarie’s father calls Uncle Henrik and informs him that his sister will be bringing “the girls and just one carton of cigarettes,” Annemarie once again has to think about what this means because she knows that cigarettes have not been available for a long time. She realizes that it is her friend Ellen who is being referred to as a carton of cigarettes, and this is her father’s way of informing Uncle Henrik that Ellen will be accompanying the family.

Another great example of trickery in this book is the placement of...

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