What happens in chapters 7 and 8 of The Devil's Arithmetic?

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In chapter 7, Hannah tries to cope with her new surroundings by entertaining herself and her new friends with stories of movies that have not been made yet and other stories she knows.  She is popular for her stories.  Hannah observes a band with the others, and finds that she can say the words even though she did not think she knew them.  This is evidence of her inhabiting another’s body in the past.

In chapter 8, Hannah is at the wedding.  She starts to remember that this is not her home.

At home!  The skin on her face suddenly felt stretched tight across her cheekbones and her eyes began to prickle with tears.  Where was her home? (p. 57, ch 8)

When she finds out that it is 1942, she becomes very worried.  She knows The Holocaust is coming, and she is not sure what to do about it.

These chapters are important because they demonstrate Hannah' trying to fit in with the people around her and work with her situation.  She is confused because sometimes she seems to understand where she is, and sometimes she remembers the future.  She is also worried because she knows that she and everyone else there is in danger, but she is not sure what to do about it. 

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