The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook

by

Sharon Fleming

Chapter 13
Summary

Barker picks Lewis by the headquarters. On their way, Barker updates Lewis on what has happened over the past two months. Lewis also informs Barker that the Control Commission for Germans (CCG) was easing up on fraternization and that the questionnaire was being reviewed thereby sending the intelligence officers to another place, far from Hamburg (Brook 271). Baker is also excited to hear Lewis’ request to accompany him to Berlin once he is promoted. However, Lewis and Barker’s conversation is cut short by the sound of a crack in the windscreen. Even before Lewis could feel Barker’s neck, he realizes that Barker is already dead. Lewis sees a figure running a hundred yards away and gets out of the car in pursuit (Brook 271).  The young man stops walking across the iced river and tentatively tests the surface with his boots. After realizing that the boy has no way forward, Lewis sits on the trunk of a felled tree waiting to see what the boy will do. The young boy begins walking around shouting Lewis’ name, eventually revealing to Lewis that the bullet was not meant for Barker but for him (Brook 274). Realizing that he was about to die, the young boy pleads with Lewis to spare him. However, Barker’s death triggers the memories of Michael’s death, reviving Lewis’s suppressed pain of losing a loved one. Lewis could only hear the boy shouting Frieda’s name and without doing anything, he watches the boy sink to his death (Brook 276). After providing a brief statement to the police, Lewis is too shaken by the day’s events to even go to the office; instead, he decides to go home.

After arriving home, Heike informs Racheal about Lewis’s arrival. She finds Lewis at the drawing room at the keyboard (Brook 280). Lewis’s devastated state worries Racheal and she inquires what had happened. Lewis pours out his heart to Racheal, asking her whether he made a mistake in trusting everyone. Lewis not knowing that while he was busy trying to salvage Germany, the real danger was happening under his nose (Brook 281). Racheal consoles Lewis and takes him to bed. Barker’s death and the realization that the bullet was meant for him makes Lewis question his judgment and system of belief. The chapter ends with Edmund informing his father about Frieda’s arrest.

Analysis

In this chapter, the author seems to suggest that Lewis’s system of belief concerning the Germans and British reuniting is being challenged. It is apparent that the assassin, the young boy, was focused on killing Lewis instead of Barker. Additionally, the revelation that the young boy knew Frieda makes Lewis realize that Minister Shaw could have been right after all- could Lewis’ kindness have come back to bite him? Lewis ends up thinking that his efforts to reconstruct Germany are all in vain if the same people he is trying to help could contemplate killing him. He feels a lack of stamina and patience to put people and things together. Frieda’s betrayal affects Lewis subjecting him to question his system of belief and wonders if his efforts were worth the pain and suffering he is experiencing now.  

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