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Free Study Guide-Summer Of My German Soldier by Bette Greene-Book Notes
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CHAPTER 10

Summary

Charlene and Patty return home. Patty thinks about Charlene’s suggestion about Patty becoming a reporter but Patty notes that there is something more that she would rather do with her life.

Patty takes food and clothes to Anton. She recalls a memory from Father’s day the year earlier: She wanted to get her father something very nice for Father’s day. She bought a nice, Egyptian cotton shirt, complete with her father’s initials embroidered on it. She envisioned that when she gave him the shirt, he would love it and take her in his arms. When Patty gave her father the shirt, he mumbled a ‘thank you’ and that was it. She tried to emphasize the essence of the shirt but he shunned her, seeming annoyed. Patty decides to give this shirt to Anton.

As Patty and Anton are talking, Patty suddenly becomes very self-conscious. She gets angry with Anton because he has not asked her to come away with him after the war. Patty then feels that Anton is just being nice to her because she is protecting him.


Freddy Dowd came over to play with Patty after she left the hideout. Her mother and father come home and see Patty, far away from the house and with Freddy; her father beats her again for disobeying him. Patty sees Anton run out of his hiding spot toward her and her father and she screams for him to return.

Notes

Patty gives Anton the expensive shirt, which is a symbol of her problems with her parents. Her mother had disparaged Patty’s desire to purchase something expensive and her father barely thanked her for the shirt. Anton is very responsive and appreciative of the shirt.

When Harry is beating Patty, for playing with Freddy Dowd, Anton comes rushing out of the hideout to save Patty. This is very important because here we see that Anton loves Patty very much and would risk his life to help her.

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