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Free Study Guide-Summer Of My German Soldier by Bette Greene-Book Notes
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CHAPTER 12

Summary

Ruth cooked Patty and Anton breakfast and the three sit at Patty’s kitchen table getting to know one another. As they are talking a car pulls up into the driveway. Patty and Ruth assume that it is Patty’s father who is home. Patty rushes Anton into her room and hides him under her bed. It was only Mrs. Henkins coming to pick up Sharon.

Anton realizes how he is putting Patty and Ruth in danger, and says he will leave that night when it turns dark. Patty panics and tells him that he is safe with her. Ruth does not agree with Patty.

Notes

In this chapter Anton and Ruth get to know each other; we also learn a little more about Ruth and her son, Robert.


Ruth was surprised to hear that there were no colored people in Germany. When Anton told her this she asked him how they kept their houses clean.

Ruth tells Anton a story about when she was a child: Ruth’s mother promised her that she would have a better life than herself. Ruth’s mother worked for Mr. Eugene Jackson, who is Edna Louise’s grandfather. He used to keep her mother’s savings in a safe in his office. Ruth’s mother would frequently input money to her savings for Ruth’s education. When it came time for Ruth to begin teaching school, there was barely any money in the savings; Mr. Jackson had stolen Ruth’s money.

Ruth then described how she had saved money for her son, Robert to attend school. She had saved him money, in the bank, for him to attend college. Shortly after Robert went off to college, he got drafted into the War.

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