Summary and Analysis Part 4: The Standover Man: A Good Girl


In this chapter, Liesel discovers that she is going to have to keep the biggest secret yet in her young life. And, again, the power of words becomes apparent in how Hans says that Liesel is “a good girl.” He really means that she can be trusted, that she will keep Max a secret, and that she will not be the cause of Max’s discovery and death. “Good girl” expands to encompass all of these meanings, which reflects upon the many powers that words wield.