"'You think,' she said, 'you can buy me off with this book?' Her voice, though shaken, hooked at the woman's throat." "'You give me this Saumensch of a book and think it'll make everything good when I go and tell my mama that we've just lost our last one? While you sit here in your mansion?' The mayor's wife's arms. They hung. Her face slipped. Liesel, however, did not buckle. She sprayed her words directly into the woman's eyes. 'You and your husband. Sitting up here.'" "'It's about time', she informed her, 'that you did your own stinking washing anyway. It's about time you faced the fact that your son is dead. He got killed! He got strangled and cut up more than twenty years ago! Or did he freeze to death? Either way he's dead! He's dead and it's pathetic that you sit here shivering in your own house to suffer for it. You think you're the only one'" (252).
After Liesel was given a letter from Ilsa Hermann telling Liesel's mama that they don't need their service any more she made Liesel take The Whistler. Liesel felt that Ilsa was giving her the book to make up for firing her mama and she unleashed a slue of brutal words that she didn't know existed in her. It was at that moment that she realized the effect that words can have on a person.
In this article, Steve Parker, Jr., the CEO and co-founder of Levelwing, explains how words are changing us all of the time. If you're told, "you have cancer," you are going to research the type of cancer you have which leads to more words and those words lead to decisions that lead to more words, and the cycle repeats. When the iPhone 4s came out it was the first with Siri on it. This was a way for us to connect to our technology with our voice. Then words have great meaning in religion. The name of various religion's god is significant: God, Allah, Buddha, etc.
Theme #2: True friendship can mend a soul