By Gloria Whelan
Peter Liebig cannot stay up for summer time. he is uninterested in school rooms, academics, and the never-ending lectures in regards to the terrible Nazis. The warfare has been over for ten years, and along with, his city of Rolfen, West Germany, has moved on properly. regardless of its bombed-out church, it appears to be like simply as calm and lovely as ever. there's cash to be made on the seashore, and there are complete days to spend with Father at his activity. And, in fact, there is football. lots for a thirteen-year-old boy to seem ahead to. but if Peter stumbles throughout a letter he was once by no means intended to work out, he unravels a troubling mystery. quickly he questions everything—the town's peaceable nature, his mom and dad' tales concerning the warfare, and his personal experience of belonging.
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Your mother was very much against it and I went along with her wishes. If you went to her as you came to me just now, bursting with your story of reading the letters and worst of all trying to connect the woman in the picture with the woman in your nightmares, I tell you honestly, Peter, it would break her heart. ” “Can’t you tell me now? ” “No, Peter. ” “Stauffenberg! Whatever gave you that idea? Certainly not! Now, I have answered your question. ” Father appears shocked at my question, but I can’t tell whether I am very wrong, which I refuse to believe, or whether I have hit upon a truth Father will not admit.
Frau Niehl says, “Gustav insisted on making a Nusstorte. You can take some home with you when you get back. Don’t go far now. ” Kurt and I head for the path that runs along the river. A flock of migrating ducks drifts down onto the river without a splash. They are like messengers from some wild and distant place. I imagine being an explorer traveling to the Arctic or maybe the Antarctic. Kurt says, “The ducks will be gone by morning. Someone will shoot them. You can’t blame them. ” He sighs. But I can’t tell whether the sigh is for the fate of the birds or for a longing to taste one of the ducks.
Is he trying to tell me something? When Father refuses to make me go to the Protestant church on Sunday, is that because I am Catholic, like the Stauffenbergs? I love Mother and Father, but how proud I would be to find that I belong to the aristocratic 54 Stauffenberg family! How honored I would be to be related to that hero. Hastily I finish my assignment and run into the library bathroom. For the second time I find myself staring into a mirror, wondering who I am. This time I’m trying to see if I resemble Stauffenberg.
After the Train by Gloria Whelan