Discuss French girl actions after Eliezer's beating.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the few moments of redemption in the narrative is the reaction of the French girl to Eliezer's beating.  Neither of them speak the other's language, so there is little in way of established connection between them.  Yet, they recognize one another in the way that people who are without much in way of structure and guidance in the midst of challenging situations acknowledge one another.  When he is beaten, she tends to him.  The French girl wipes away the blood on his face and then also feeds him a small ration of bread.  The fact that she tends to him in a moment of pain and having experienced cruelty is rare.  It is also something that provides an instant of redemption in a narrative that does not feature many examples of it.  The French girl, it is revealed later, knew the risks.  She understood the implications and the consequences of her helping him, but she also grasped that he would not betray her helping of him.  It is in this where the French girl's assistance to Eliezer is significant and her reaction to him also bears relevance.  In a time where there is so much in way of betrayal and severing of bonds between human beings, she understands that this will not be the manner in which Eliezer treats her.