Chapter 1 Summary

When nine-year-old Bruno comes home from school one day, he is surprised to find the maid, Maria, packing up all his belongings. He tries to remember if he has done anything “particularly naughty” in the past few days that would warrant him being sent away as a punishment. He asks his mother, “a tall woman with long red hair that she bundle[s] into a sort of net behind her head,” what is going on. He is somewhat relieved to notice that her things are being packed, too, by Lars the Butler.

Bruno’s mother goes into the large dining room, where the Fury, accompanied by a beautiful blond woman, had come to dinner the week before. Bruno notices that Mother’s eyes are “more red than usual” as she tells him...

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