Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 85. Joana Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
The crowds in Gotenhafen have doubled over the course of the day. Joana’s stethoscope acts as a magnet for the sick or malcontent. Joana eventually puts it away so she can walk to the ship more directly. 
For the first time, Joana makes the choice not to help strangers so she can attend to personal matters—in this case, finding her friends. 
Themes
Memory and Survival  Theme Icon
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon
Joana runs into Eva, who is looking for the wagon full of her belongings.  Joana worries that if Eva goes looking for her belongings now they’ll never reconnect, or worse, Eva won’t get passage on a ship at all.
Before the refugees took the boat to Gotenhafen, they had given another group of refugees the wagon full of their belongings. Eva is more preoccupied with finding the wagon and her possessions than with staying with her travel companions.  
Themes
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon