Werner lies on the floor in the secure area of the Hotel of Bees. The bombing has thrown him to the ground, and the lights have gone out. He feels that the room is very hot—even if he and his friends have survived the explosion, they could be killed by the resulting fire. He cries, half to himself, “Have we died?”
Once again, we see Werner asking a question to no one in particular and going unanswered, reinforcing the themes of alienation and loneliness at this stage in the book.