Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 21. Joana Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
The Poet knows of a nearby manor house and prepares to lead the group to it so they can spend some time there, safe from the Soviets and the weather.
The Poet is happy to share his knowledge of the house because he sees the group of refugees as friends and family, and he wants them to be safe and protected at least for a night.
Themes
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon
Joana notices Florian and Emilia have left. The rest of the group is happy that they are gone. They believe Florian is a deserter, and know that Emilia is Polish. Both Florian and Emilia would likely put the whole group in danger if caught. Even the Poet agrees. Joana isn’t sure that Florian is a deserter, but she knows he has a secret.
Although the group of refugees has managed to embrace each other despite their different ages and countries of origin, Emilia and Florian’s suspicious behaviors have made them seem like potential threats, and the group is unwilling to accept them.  
Themes
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon