Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea


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Salt to the Sea: 37. Emilia Summary & Analysis

Eva and Joana come over to Emilia to ask her about her pregnancy. Eva wonders if the Soviet soldiers at Nemmersdorf raped Emilia. Emilia tells her no, she is pregnant with a boy named August’s child. He lived on a farm owned by family friends, where her father sent her for safety. She is on her way to meet him, and begins to fantasize about their wedding, and the stork's nest they will have by their home.
Emilia’s claim that August is the father of her child is part of an elaborate fantasy that helps protect her from the traumatic truth of her situation. Thinking about their future together helps her endure brutality in the present. When she thinks about the storks in her future she is really thinking about a happier past, when her family members were living together peacefully. This is what she hopes her future will look like. 
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