"Blood leaked from her nose and licked at her lips. Her eyes had blackened. Cuts had opened up and a series of wounds were rising to the surface of her skin. All from words. From Liesel's words."
-Death's narration, p. 253
At this point in the story, Liesel explodes at Ilsa Hermann, calling her pathetic and telling her to get over her son's death. She does this due to the fact that the mayor fired Rosa and banned her from reading books at their house. She imagines Ilsa's face becoming physically battered by Liesel's cruel words. Liesel later regrets what she said as she realizes just how powerful words can be, as they can hurt a person more than physical pain can.