The Devil's Arithmetic
Updated: 2/24/2019
The Devil's Arithmetic
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  • Hannah sat in the chair, that her family had reserved for the prophet Elijah. She was next to Aunt Eva and was staring at her tattoo.
  • Hannaleh, you're staring,
  • Yes, at my arm. At the number. Does it frighten you still? You've never let me explain it to you and your mother hates me to talk of it.
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  • Staring?
  • Hannah is touching the number on Aunt Eva's arm and explaining it's meaning. Aunt Eva is explaining why they changed their names when they came to America.
  • We all changed our names. To forget. Remembering was too painful. But to forget was impossible.
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  • No, no, please, let me explain it to you... J for Jew. And 1 because you were all alone, alone of the 8 who had been in your family...
  • Aunt Eva is touching Hannah's lips, to stop her mouth, from saying what had to be said. Hannah, takes Aunt Eva's finger off her lips, and says that she remembers.
  • In my village, in the camp... in the past ... I was called RIvka
  • I remember. Oh, I remember.
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