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FREE SUMMARY - THE CHOCOLATE WAR BY ROBERT CORMIER
The purpose of this chapter is to show how Jerry’s refusal to sell the
chocolates is affecting the whole school. In a sense, his actions are
competing with the powers of The Vigils because they are so influential.
The Vigils must remain in control; for this reason Archie becomes involved.
Brian Cochran is startled by how poorly the chocolate sale is going.
Brother Leon has stopped checking the totals daily, but on this particularly
bad day, Brother Leon appears. Leon makes Brian read off how many boxes
each boy has sold. When Brian reads Jerry’s name, Leon grows angry. He
says the boys have become infected by apathy and Renault is the carrier
of the disease.
This chapter is a turning point of the novel. Leon is now blaming Jerry
for the poor progress of the entire chocolate sale. This is the first
time Leon shows he believes Renault is a real threat.
The Goober tells Jerry that he wants to quit the football team. He tells
Jerry that he heard Brother Eugene had a nervous breakdown. The Goober
believes there is something evil in the school. The Goober says that he
will not play football because it is a personal stance. It is because
of what they are doing to them, to Eugene, to Jerry, to The Goober. Jerry
says to think of it as a game. He thinks The Goober should play football.
The Goober says he will not give anything else to Trinity.
In this chapter we see that The Goober is taking his own stand. Much like Jerry, The Goober senses something is wrong. Unlike Jerry, The Goober seems more certain of what he is rebelling against.
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