107 pages 3 hours read

Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2014

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Part 3, Chapters 37-61

Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 3: “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.