“Well, not very close,’ said Shmuel. “But there are a lot of us- boys our age I mean - on this side of the fence. We fight a lot of the time though. That's why I come out here. To be on my own.’ “It’s so unfair,’ said Bruno. ‘I don't see why I have to be stuck over here on this side if the fence where there is no one to talk to and no one to play with and you get to have dozens of friends and are probably playing for hours every day. I’ll have to speak with Father about it’ (Boyne 110-111). This shows Bruno does not know what is happening on the other side of the fence.
“No,’ said Bruno. ‘I don't understand why we are not allowed on the other side of it what's so wrong with us that we can't go over there and play? Gretel stared at him and then suddenly started laughing, only stopping when she saw that Bruno being perfectly serious. “Bruno,’ She said in a childish voice, as if this was the most obvious thing in the world,’ the fence isn't there to stop us from going over there. Its to stop them from coming over here’ (Boyne 181-182). This shows that Gretel knows more than Bruno about what is going on.
Gretel and Bruno's Conversation
The Boys Plan
“Both boys went home with high spirits that afternoon. Bruno imagined a great adventure ahead and finally an opportunity to see what was really on the other side of the fence before he went back to Berlin- not to mention getting in a little serious exploration as well- and Shmuel saw a chance to get someone to help him in the search for his papa. All in all, it seemed like a very sensible plan and a way to say goodbye” (Boyne 199). The reader knows that Bruno is rich and his dad is in charge of the concentration camp. Bruno is lonely and wants friends, so he agrees to sneak into the concentration camp to help Shmuel find his papa. Even though the boys are happy the reader knows this is probably not a good decision.