Free Study Guide for The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier|
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This chapter begins with yet another football scrimmage. Jerry’s job is to get Carter. He successfully manages to topple Carter, but then Jerry is knocked down by an unseen person.
As Jerry walks in the door, later that afternoon, the phone rings. When he answers it, there is only a strange chuckle. The same thing happens that night.
The next day, Jerry’s locker has been vandalized. His poster has paint all over it and his gym sneakers have been slashed. That night at 2am he receives the same strange phone call. Jerry’s father answers the phone and says the same thing happened the night before, but Jerry had not woken up.
The next day, Brother Andrew tells Jerry that he does not have his major assignment
for the class, a landscape painting. Jerry handed it in the previous day;
the project took him weeks. Brother Andrew says if the project did not
turn up, he would fail Jerry.
This chapter presents a major dilemma for Jerry: he can sell the chocolates and end this torment, or he can stand firmly for what he believes and endure what ever happens as a result. Previously, Jerry’s decision not to sell was virtually harmless; now, there are serious consequences.
In the opening lines of this chapter, Cormier specifically references the
conflict between Jerry and The Vigils when he says that Jerry’s “assignment”
is to topple Carter (the President of The Vigils). After Carter is “toppled”
- figuratively and literally--Jerry begins to pay the price.
Brian Cochran is thrilled by the upswing in chocolate sales. After tallying
the totals, he cannot wait to report the good news to Brother Leon. He
cannot think of a specific thing that has made the sales rise, except
that the sale has suddenly become popular. Brian has noticed The Vigils
tracking down kids with low sales in the hallways. Brian has also noticed
how The Vigils are assigning the credit of selling to random students
they have chosen--not to the boys that actually sold the chocolates.
It seems Archie’s plan of making the sale popular is a success. This complete turn around affirms the power of the order.
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