Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 15. Florian Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
After everyone else has fallen asleep Joana comes back to talk to Florian. He agrees to let her see his shrapnel wound. Emilia also comes over to help, and Florian tells her to go away, but Joana asks her to look outside for a stick for Florian to bite. Joana tells Florian that Emilia came from Nemmersdorf, and he immediately understands.
Although suspicious of Florian, Joana is unable to resist her compulsion to help those in need. Emilia has formed an attachment to Florian, although he has not done the same with her, and, like Joana, just wants to help him.
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Joana introduces herself as a Lithuanian physician’s assistant. This is not a problem for Florian, who says, “I don’t care what you are.” She asks him for his name but the does not give it.
Joana wonders if Florian is a Nazi, and so reveals her nationality as a way to test him.
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As Florian closes his eyes and waits for Joana to begin to operate he thinks to himself, “I’ll be dead soon.”
Florian knows his mission is inherently dangerous, but also believes there is added danger because he is cursed. 
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