Me, too...me, too...! They told me to stay behind in the camp.
The bell had just rung and Elie's only worry was to be as far away from the block as possible.
What will happen?
It isn't certain yet. There's still a chance of escape. They're going to do another selection today...a decisive selection."
Elie sees his father running towards him.
Look, take this knife, I don't need it any longer. It might be useful to you. And take this spoon as well. Don't sell them. Quickly! Go on. Take what I'm giving you!
Don't talk like that father. I don't want you to say that. Keep the spoon and knife. You need them as much as I do. We shall see each other again this evening, after work.
Elie's father found out that his number was written down for the selection without him being aware of it. His father was very out of breath and could hardly open his mouth to speak to tell the news to his son.
I'm asking this of you...Take them. Do as I ask, my son. We have no time...Do as your father asks.
Elie's father tries to reassure him, but speaks very short and quick. His voice begins to get choked and Elie has no response.
This shows the father's desperation to give his son "a piece of him." His son notices that his dad is giving him an inheritance which makes him want to break into sobs.
At this point, the father is tired and filled with despair.