Hanna’s companions connived against her and pointed to her as the one in charge when the case took place, and although she was merely one of the guards, they said it was her who made the report about the incident. Hanna vehemently denied this but when asked to create a sample handwriting for her to confirm that she was not the one who made the report, Hanna was placed in a tough spot, thereby prompting her to renege on her previous statement and admitting to making the report just so she would not be put to shame for being illiterate. Michael knew that this would have been a good evidence for Hanna, but he preferred to keep quiet just like Hanna because their affair would have also brought him a lot of embarrassment and shame.
As made apparent in the preceding paragraphs, the novel works on a variety of themes like illicit affairs/trysts, shame, young love, guilt, the Holocaust, secret love, the generation gap, miscommunication, ignorance and conflict among other things. The relationship which happened between Michael and Hanna is something which if brought out in the open during those times, would have been frowned upon by the majority, especially with the conventional values held during those days. It was obviously physical attraction which drew both of them together initially – for Michael, it was his initiation into sex, his first relationship and he found Hanna a very beautiful woman; for Hanna, it was a way to have sex, younger company and her way of learning through the books that Michael read for her. There was also a short episode for young love, when Michael seemed to feel infatuation for her schoolmate Sophie, but he quickly dismissed this feeling because he gave more