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  • The French girl was a source of hope for Elie while they were at the factory, helping him carry on though his life was changing.
  • Bite your lips, little brother... Don't cry. Keep your anger, your hate, for another day, for later. The day will come but not now... Wait. Clench your teeth and wait...
  • This is where Elie's character begins to change, where his hope falters and he starts to become selfishish.
  • I soon forgot him. I began to think of myself again.
  • Although he is getting a bit selfish, he keeps his mind on the only thing keeping him going-- his father.
  • I had no right to let myself die. What would he do without me? I was his sole support.
  • It is present that Elie is definitely realizing that his father is a dead weight now and that helping him is just wasting his time and holding him back, but he puts that to the back of his mind.
  • I gave him what was left of my soup. But my heart was heavy. I was aware that I was doing it grudgingly.
  • He now for his own good lets his dad take the hits and lay helpless so that he would not get hit and unknowingly so he can continue on without his dad's weight.
  • I didn't move. I was afraid, my body was afraid of another blow, this time to my head.
  • He had lost his dad, but the only thing he felt was freedom, although that pained him. Knowing it wouldn't set him back anymore, he lets his feelings subside and pursues the selfishness.
  • I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: Free at last! …
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