The Book Thief

3 quotes showing the relationship between Liesel and Rudy Steiner?

Quotes showing the importance of their relationship?

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“A book floated down the Amper River.

A boy jumped in, caught up to it, and held

it in his right hand. He grinned. He stood

waist-deep in the icy, Decemberish water.

“How about a kiss, Saumensch?” he said.”

Here Rudy gallantly proves his love for Liesel by rescuing her book from the freezing cold river. Apparently he thought he deserved their first kiss over that!

"Rudy, to put it mildly, was incensed. Who did Liesel Meminger think she was, telling him she had to take the washing and ironing alone today? Wasn’t he good enough to walk the streets with her?"

Rudy constantly wanted to be with Liesel. When he could not, he felt cheated and indignant.

"As long as both she and Rudy lived, she would never kiss that miserable, filthy Saukerl."

The irony is of course that Liesel does kiss Rudy but only after he is dead. Liesel has such complicated emotions over Rudy. We get the feeling that, at times, she protests a little too much (like this quote) for her not to have strong feelings for him.