This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I think the scene between between Marie-Laure and Werner's sister at the end of the book is unsatisfying because it actually is very realistic. We want these two women to see their kinship, talk on and on about Werner, and the broadcasts . But the reality was, they were strangers connected only by Werner, whom Marie-Laure had met once thirty years before. It was Werner who had seen her at the boulangerie and had connected her to the reading of the Jules Verne book, and it was he who had developed romantic feeling for her while trapped. We want Marie-Laure to have instantly come to the same romantic place as Werner, and to have remembered it for thirty years. But her regrets and grief were probably more focused on her father. Her continuing need for answers concerned her father . while Juta needed much more closure concerning her brother's life and death.Besides, Marie-Laure's life had become great - brilliant career, daughter, she wasn't living in the past. So when the little boy interrupted the conversation, there wasn't enough there for Marie- Laure to make an effort to overcome Juta's polite withdrawal and continue the conversation. It was the end of the day, she wanted to go home, and she wanted to be alone to look at this powerful symbol of the past- the little house. I bet this is just what would have happened in a real situation full of unequal emotions and awkwardness. But unsatisfying, I agree. (hide spoiler)]
Tom I agree entirely! It's one thing to see people die, as they did in the war, giving realism to the book. But Marie Laurie should have/would have told Jutta of her brother's heroism. Without it the rest of her life would not have been possible. This is how I choose to re-write that seen in my mind. Thanks for the question :)
Leigh Agree entirely with Jill here. Very realistic but sad scene. You can also interpret the scene as an echo of the theme and title of the book - Jutta never got to see how much impact her brother had before his death (on Marie-Laure's fate). That piece of knowledge would have been a ray of light/hope/comfort to her I'm sure, but she never did see it.