Death associates the next scene with the color black. It is night, and there is a crashed plane with a pilot inside. A boy appears with a tool box, followed by the book thief. The boy pulls out a teddy bear and places it next to the pilot's body. Death takes the pilot's soul and then a crowd starts to gather around the smoking plane. A shadow seems to pass over like an eclipse. Death explains that this sometimes happens when a human dies, and that he has seen millions of eclipses.
More foreshadowing, but no explanation of who the characters are or how the story arrived at such a strange scene. The reader then has this to look forward to, and another moment around which Death will structure the story. Everything feels inevitable, like death itself.