The story returns to the present, and Hans accepts Max Vandenburg, closing the curtains and checking for witnesses. Max crouches down, overcome with gratitude, and then Liesel appears. Hans reassures Max that she is "a good girl," and sends Liesel to bed, where she stays awake listening.
Hans proves himself again as a man who keeps his promises and retains his moral sense even in the face of great danger. He also respects Liesel enough to know that she can make the same sacrifice.