Racheal has never been a fan of shopping. On their way to the British Families Shop commonly referred as NAAFI, both Racheal and Susan Burnham discuss various thing ranging from how British women should beautify themselves to protect their husbands from getting in an intimate relationship with the German women. Although Racheal has not had a good sexual relationship with Lewis, she considers bedroom matters to be private (Brook 114). In the street, Racheal and Susan Burnham can see German women standing wearing placards around their necks. For a moment, seeing the devastated women reminds Racheal about Michael’s death. Brook indicates that the glass front of NAAFI was always blacked with the focus of concealing the basic supplies from the Germans. However, once inside, both Racheal and Susan realize the shop is almost empty. This makes them conclude that the real intention of concealing the shop is to inhibit Germans from thinking that the occupiers [Britain] can hardly support its people (Brook 117).
In another scene, Edmund is having his lesson with his tutor Herr Koenig. Heike offers Koenig a glass of milk and a cake, which Koenig eats gluttonously (Brook 121). Edmund inquires more about Germany and its former leader, whom Edmund thinks must have been jealous of the British Empire. Koenig refrains from discussing the issue further with Edmund stating that they are “not permitted to talk about these things” (Brook 123). After Koenig leaves, Edmund goes upstairs to his parents’ room to search for cigarettes. He is surprised that his father does not have a picture of him and wonders whether he [Edmund] would have to die a dramatic death for his father to put his picture in his cigarette case just like he had put Michael’s (Brook 126). Susan’s voice downstairs startles Edmund making him leave the room abruptly.
Racheal and Susan arrive at the house. The two ladies are planning how the guests will be arranged and the activities that will follow. The missing painting on the wall makes Susan assume that like other Germans, Lubert had also placed Hitler’s portrait on the dark space (Brook 130). Susan insists that Lubert must have been a follower of the Nazi party, an assumption that Racheal strongly refutes.