Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 72. Alfred Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Alfred writes another mental letter to Hannelore. He remembers the Hitler Youth coming to visit him and then visit Hannelore next door. He wonders why she opened the door. He writes, “We cannot be too cautious […] Just because someone knocks on the door doesn’t mean you have to open it.”
Although Hannelore remains a fantasy, Alfred does still care about her. He implies that something bad happened to her when she opened the door to the Hitler Youth, and he wishes it had not.
Themes
Storytelling and Fantasy  Theme Icon
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon