For several weeks after this Bruno continued to leave the house when Herr Liszt had gone home for the day and Mother was having one of her afternoon naps, and made the long trek along the fence to meet Shmuel, who almost every afternoon was waiting there for him, sitting cross-legged on the ground, staring at the dust beneath him.One afternoon Shmuel had a black eye, and when Bruno asked him about it he just shook his head and said that he didn't want to talk about it. Bruno assumed that there were bullies all over the world, not just in schools in Berlin, and that one of them had done this to Shmuel. Every day Bruno asked Shmuel whether he would be allowed to crawl underneath the wire so that they could play together on the other side (page 151) of the fence, but every day Shmuel said no, it wasn't a good idea.
im done for the day.
Bruno leaving the house to go see Shmuel.
shmuel,, what happened to your eye
shrugs .. nothing i'd rather not talk about it
Bruno assumed that there were bullies all over the world, not just in schools in Berlin, and that one of them had done this to Shmuel. He felt an urge to help his friend but he couldn't think of anything he could do to make it better, and he could tell that Shmuel wanted to pretend it had never happened.