Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Florian’s little sister. She escaped East Prussia and is living with their Aunt in Denmark. Emilia reminds Florian of Anni, which initially motivates him to help the Polish girl instead of abandoning her as he is inclined to do. Whenever he tries to leave Emilia behind, he thinks of Anni, and how he hopes someone is helping her, too.
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Anni Beck Character Timeline in Salt to the Sea

The timeline below shows where the character Anni Beck appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
8. Florian
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As Florian walks away, Emilia begins to cry. This reminds him of his little sister, Anni. He doesn’t know where she is, and imagines she, too, is alone and frightened. This... (full context)
32. Florian
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...can hear Emilia trying not to cry. She once again reminds him of his sister, Anni. The two emerge from the woods, and see a manor before them—the same one where... (full context)
71. Florian
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...Joana by talking about family. He tells her Emilia reminds him of his little sister, Anni, whom he says he is going to find. Florian likes Joana, and is attracted to... (full context)
90. Florian
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...is aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, which is going to Kiel, near the Danish border, where Anni might be. (full context)
121. Florian
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Florian thinks of home, of his mother who died of tuberculosis, of his little sister .  He wonders, “Would I recognize her if I passed her on the street? Where... (full context)
132. Florian
Agency, Willpower, and Fate Theme Icon
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...the future. He plans to try and get from Kiel to Denmark where his sister, Anni, is living with their great aunt. He has the stolen identity card of a German... (full context)
138. Florian
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...a grandfather, and will continue to look after the boy. Florian says he’ll look for Anni, but worries he won’t recognize her. The Poet assures him he will. The two talk... (full context)