All the Light We Cannot See Part Three: Chapters 37–61 Summary & Analysis

Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See Part Three: Chapters 37–61 Summary & Analysis

Part Three: June 1940

Chapter 37 Summary: Château

After walking for two days, Marie-Laure and her father reach the museum director’s friend’s home in Evereux, only to find it burning and being looted. The owner has fled to London, leaving Daniel LeBlanc responsible for the diamond. They sleep in a nearby barn. Now they must go to Saint-Malo.

Chapter 38 Summary: Entrance Exam

Werner travels to Essen to take the entrance exam for the National Political Institutes of Education. Most of the boys in his age group are bigger than he is. Most of the boys are blond; all of the boys have blue eyes. Even so, Werner stands out with his shock of white-blond hair. The boys are tested physically and academically, over eight days. Werner is certain that he will not be chosen, because he is not physically strong. All of the boys desperately want to be chosen.

One test in particular terrifies most of the boys. They must climb a ladder 25 feet in the air and jump off, landing in a flag held by the rest of the boys. The first boy is dropped, landing on his arms, both of which are broken. Others are injured or refuse to jump. Werner steels himself. When it is his turn, he climbs and jumps without hesitation.

Chapter 39 Summary: Brittany

A truck offers Daniel, Marie-Laure and other refugees a ride most of the way to Saint-Malo. They walk the rest of the way. At times, Daniel carries Marie-Laure on his back. Daniel reassures her that the sound she hears is the ocean, not an army approaching. Finally, they reach her uncle’s house in the ancient walled city on the sea.

Chapter 40 Summary: Madame Manec

The housekeeper, Madame Manec, lets them in and feeds them. As Daniel and Madame Manec talk and smoke cigarettes, while Marie-Laure falls asleep at the table.

Chapter 41 Summary: You Have Been Called

Werner is accepted into the national school at Schulpforta. He is to report there in two weeks. The neighborhood celebrates Werner’s acceptance. Jutta will not speak to him.

Chapter 42 Summary: Occupier        

Safe in her great-uncle’s house in Saint-Malo under the…

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