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It does seem as if Jamie’s belief in the Lord’s Plan is well-founded, because
in the two weeks after the dance, some plan seems to be in place to bring
Landon and her together. Eric hits upon some inner feeling that Landon
may be developing for Jamie, in spite of the fact that he tells himself
he doesn’t like her. And then, she talks him into playing the lead role
in the play opposite her. Landon even says at the end of the chapter that
he accepts her request, because he doesn’t really have a choice. What
he means is that he can’t seem to tell someone no after such a poignant
appeal. But maybe the author is saying that he doesn’t have a choice,
because he’s up against God.
The next day, Landon auditions and is given the part officially. The young man, Eddie, whose stuttering worried even him, is obviously relieved and will play a better part - that of the mute bum, whose thoughts the angel always knows and voices for him. Unfortunately, they only have three weeks to get ready for the play this year, because Thanksgiving falls so late. Furthermore, Landon only comes to realize how much work it will be after he accepts and reads the script. He also has to put up with his friends riding him about it. That makes him resent Jamie again and so, he refuses to learn his lines or get prepared for the play.
The next Sunday night, when he and his friends are hanging out outside the
diner, Jamie comes up the street, Bible in hand, and sweetly confronts
Landon. However, she doesn’t chastise him for being unprepared; instead,
she compliments him and tells him she’s proud of him for taking the part.
Eric as a joke on Landon, uses this as an excuse to suggest that they
present the dress rehearsal before the orphans, a way to further involve
Landon with a girl everyone makes fun of. Jamie thinks that’s a wonderful
idea and leaves Landon with that thought and with the offer to help him
learn his lines on her own front porch. Her intentions work and the next
day, Landon spends fourteen hours memorizing his lines, so he doesn’t
look like an idiot in front of the orphans. He wonders just exactly when
his life started spinning out of control.
This chapter further emphasizes that Jamie is becoming a good influence in Landon’s life. She is wise beyond her years and keeps Landon toeing the line. But she never shows him anything but kindness and just puts him in a position where he makes his own decisions with a little nudge from her. She seems to know exactly what works with him and what doesn’t and what he thinks is his life spinning out of control is actually his life finding stability. All because of Jamie Sullivan and God.
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