Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 38. Alfred Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Alfred writes another imaginary letter to Hannelore. He tells her he has been confirmed to sail on the Wilhelm Gustloff. He claims he is a “sailor of priority” and will be responsible for saving “two thousand lives.” He is brought back to reality by a higher up asking him if he has cleaned the toilets yet. 
As in most of his chapters, Alfred disappears into a fantasy world where he is more important and more powerful than he is in reality.
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