Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 107. Florian Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Florian, Klaus, and the Poet approach the officers. A soldier asks Klaus about his relationship to Florian and the Poet, and Klaus calls Florian his uncle, and the Poet his Opi, or grandfather. The soldier notices Florian’s wound and asks to see his papers, which pass inspection.
Florian and the Poet pretend to be related to each other and Klaus, because they know that will improve their chances of boarding a ship. Florian also flaunts his wound because he hopes it will make him seem weaker and therefore worthy of preferential treatment.
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Before they go to the next inspection point, Eva appears, carrying the Poet’s carpetbag and Joana’s suitcase. She managed to get passage on a different ship and says her goodbyes, unsentimentally asking Florian to make sure Joana gets her bag, as Joana was the “only one of you that I liked. Sorry.”
Although Eva often claims she does not care about her fellow travelers, and she prioritized finding her belongings over staying with the group, the fact that she returned their belongings to them demonstrates she did care about them somewhat. 
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