Chapters 15-16 Summary
The girl witnesses a woman giving birth prematurely to a stillborn baby. She sees her father, after he takes the key to the cupboard from her, try to convince one of the stone-faced policemen to let him leave to get his son. He promises to come back, but of course the officer refuses his request and orders him to get out of the way. He comes back to them crying. She puts the key back in her pocket and wonders how long her brother can survive. Though she is sure the boy is frightened and feeling as if he has been deserted, she is confident it is better than being here in “this hell, the stink, the heat, the dust, the people screaming, the people dying.”
She looks around her....
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