The Book Thief

What does Death announce about Rudy? Why would it be characterized as “small?

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Death announces Rudy's imminent death. This is a form of foreshadowing, although Death is pretty blatant in his announcement. The word small, in my opinion, is Death's way of being sarcastic. Rudy's death is a major event.

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