Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 36. Joana Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Joana joins the other refugees by the fire. Eva points out that Florian is cute, and suggests that Joana could become romantically involved with him even if he is, as Eva suspects, a spy.
Joana and Florian have both noticed the other is attractive, but are hesitant to try and pursue a relationship because they worry it would complicate their respective journeys.
Themes
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Eva comments on the destruction of the manor. She and Joana agree it was likely destroyed by Nazis who distrusted the Prussian nobles who lived there. Although Prussians were on the German side of the war they didn’t “blend” with other Germans, and some even tried to assassinate Hitler. Joana asks Eva to talk to Emilia. Eva discovers that the teenager is eight months pregnant.
Although Prussians were accepted by Nazi Germany as members of the “master race,” many Prussians were hesitant to embrace the future this kind of protection guaranteed. They remained more committed to their culture and nationality than to the Nazi German Empire.
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