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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

by John Boyne

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What does Bruno realize about Maria in Chapter 6 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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In Chapter 6, Bruno asks Maria if she likes their new home at Out-With. Maria avoids the question by asking Bruno how he feels about the new home. Bruno then expresses his displeasure and negative feelings about living at Out-With. When Maria tells Bruno that his father knows what's best for the family, Bruno says that his father is stupid. Maria is shocked and tells Bruno to never say that about his father. Maria goes on to tell Bruno about how caring and sympathetic his father has been to her. She explains to Bruno how his father took her into his home, fed her, and gave her a job. Bruno then suddenly realizes that Maria is a person with her own life and history. Bruno gains perspective and thinks about how Maria must feel leaving her friends and family behind. This startling realization makes Bruno feel a "little funny inside." Maria does not go into further detail about how she feels about Bruno's father and his decision to leave Germany but insists that Bruno keep his negative thoughts to himself.

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