The Devil's Arithmetic - Chapters 15 - 16 Summary & Analysis

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The next morning, the Commandant comes. The women and girls make penetrating clucking noises as signals to the children to run to the midden, where they quickly take off their clothing and jump into the garbage. Hannah sees a baby, quickly grabs the child and dives into the foul garbage with her. Hannah has forgotten to take off her dress, which now reeks, but Rivka organizes a small bowl of water for her to wash. Hannah begins to save bits of her bread at meals for Yitchak's little boy, Reuven. Gitl scolds Hannah, but Gitl also gives her bread to the boy. On the third day in camp, the Commandant returns, this time for a Choosing. Hannah asks Rivka what a Choosing is, but Rivka hisses for her to be quiet, and only makes the sign of drawing her finger across her throat. The Commandant...

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