Chapters 39-40 Summary

Paris, 1942

The metro ride to her home is a short one, and Sarah’s heart is beating fast. In a few moments she will be home. She is ten years old and hopes her parents have returned home and her whole family will soon be reunited. She wants to believe it more than anything. She tugs at Jules’s hand, urging him to walk faster. At the same time, a quiet voice inside her warns her not to have too much hope, to prepare for the worst.

When they enter the courtyard, it looks familiar to Sarah. Madame Royer opens a window and Sarah runs to the stairway before she can be seen. The concierge asks if she can help the older couple find someone. When they say they are looking for the Starzynskis,...

(The entire section is 1229 words.)