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This chapter is a phone conversation between Archie and Emile. It becomes apparent that Archie asked Emile to call Jerry queer and rough him up a little. Archie is not happy that Emile involved other people; he did not want it to be a gang situation.
Archie tells Emile there is no picture and to stick with him because he can
use people like Emile.
In this chapter we see how Archie continues to play Emile. Archie apparently
blackmailed Emile into hurting Jerry, though one must doubt Emile needed
that much encouragement. Archie continues to be the psychological bully--it
was his idea to call Jerry a queer, because he knew it would get under
his skin since he is not homosexual. Emile, conversely, thought it would
be clever to involve other guys in beating up Jerry. Archie does not agree.
The next morning Jerry feels like a ghost at school. People step far out of his way and avoid him. His locker has been cleaned of the mess. As the day passes everyone, even the teachers, act like he is invisible.
Brian Cochran is thrilled to tell Leon that the sale is finished, 98% has been turned in. He tells Leon that, oddly, 19,950 boxes have been sold. This is odd because, usually, some boxes are lost or damaged. Yet, this year it is exactly fifty short--the fifty not sold by Jerry.
Archie tells Obie that there will be a special assembly the next night; there
will only be students, no teachers. Archie has the remaining fifty boxes
and he plans to give Jerry the chance to get rid of them by raffling them
The rising action of this novel began in chapter twenty-seven, where Obie believed that Jerry would be Archie’s downfall. The action quickly escalated when the students became interested in the sale: Jerry had to explain why he would not sell; he got prank calls; he was beat up. Now the rising action is about to erupt into a climax.
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