Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea


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Salt to the Sea: 20. Emilia Summary & Analysis

Emilia doesn’t trust the refugees in the barn, especially Eva, but she trusts Florian, her “knight.” Florian tries to tell her to stay behind, explaining “It’s safer for [her] to stay with the others.” Although she doesn’t speak, Emilia thinks to herself “Safer? He didn’t realize. I was already dead.”
Emilia remains attached to Florian, whom she continues to see as her fantasy savior. Like Florian, Emilia believes that she is marked for death, although she does not explain why until later in the novel.
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