What is Death's big mistake in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak?

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Death cares deeply about the souls of the departed. He also cares for the loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces. It's his caring nature that makes Death such a complex, fascinating character in The Book Thief.

However, it leads him to make a mistake, as he...

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Death cares deeply about the souls of the departed. He also cares for the loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces. It's his caring nature that makes Death such a complex, fascinating character in The Book Thief.

However, it leads him to make a mistake, as he freely acknowledges in the Prologue. He confesses that he lingered just a little too long by the side of the railroad track as a mother and daughter stood next to a corpse. This sad little group consists of Liesel, her mother, and her late brother, Werner. Normally, Death wouldn't hang around for very long; he's supposed to take the souls of the departed and leave. But on this occasion, Death makes an exception. He's so fascinated by Liesel, so curious to know more about her, that he waits a little while before finally leaving.

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