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.