Why does Elie pinch himself to see if he is dreaming?
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Elie cannot believe his eye when he sees the ditches filled with burning bodies...... he pinches himself to see if he's alive...... or if he's simply having a nightmare.
I pinched my face. Was I still alive? Was I awake? I could not believe it. How could it be possible for them to burn people, children, and for the world to keep silent? No, none of this could be true. It was a nightmare…. Soon I should wake with a start, my heart pounding, and find myself back in the bedroom of my childhood, among my books….