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Jerry is summoned to The Vigils. They meet in a storage room. Archie sits before Jerry at a card table eating chocolates. Archie asks each of The Vigils how many chocolates he has sold; they all answer with large numbers. Archie asks Jerry why he has not sold any chocolates. Jerry tells him it is personal. When Jerry tells Archie he is not selling the chocolates because he does not want to, Archie says they must all do things they do not want to do. This makes Jerry sad.
Archie says Jerry’s new assignment is to take the chocolates. Because Jerry
has disobeyed The Vigils, he must face the punishment code. However, Archie
tells Jerry that he is being let off easily--he only has to sell the chocolates.
Obie realizes, when Archie “asks” and does not “tell” Jerry to sell the
chocolates that Archie is afraid. Obie thinks that Jerry will be the demise
of Archie. Carter thinks that Archie’s policy of no violence is stupid
and that all Jerry needs is a few punches.
In this chapter we witness a scared Archie. Archie’s method of toying
with and influencing people is psychologically. In this chapter we gain
some insight to Carter, who seems to be essentially a brute.
Jerry calls all of the Barretts in the telephone book in search of Ellen
Barrett, the girl who smiled at him at the bus stop. When he reaches the
last number, the girl on the other end calls him a pervert and has no
idea who he is. Jerry hangs up, wondering if he is some kind of pervert--not
a sexual pervert, but perverted for not selling the chocolates. That morning
he defied The Vigils by once again refusing to sell the chocolates.
In this chapter Jerry is acting bravely in two ways: he takes a chance by calling Ellen and he affirms that he will not sell any more chocolates. In this way Jerry is disturbing the universe (in answer to the poster hanging in his locker). Regardless of how either situation turns out, Jerry is following his heart. This chapter shows that following one’s heart is not always an easy decision.
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