Ender’s Game

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin Character Analysis

The protagonist of Ender’s Game, Ender Wiggin is a brilliant, compassionate child who’s summoned to study war at Battle School and defeat the alien Buggers. Ender has always felt like an outsider because he’s a Third—a third child—in a society that almost never tolerates families with more than two children. At Battle School, he continues to feel like a stranger, but learns how to use his tactical brilliance to make friends and allies and lead a successful army. Again and again, Ender is forced to fight bullies and other opponents—he wins every time, but hates himself for winning. As Ender rises through Battle School, it becomes clear that his greatest strength as a warrior is his empathy with others: he can think like his opponents, and beat them. But this empathy also makes Ender the most reluctant of warriors—he fights, but almost always in self-defense. In the end, Ender bears the responsibility for the destruction of the Bugger race. Yet he seeks to atone for his sin by searching for a new home for the surviving Bugger queen—proving that in the end, his love and compassion are stronger than his aptitude for fighting.

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin Quotes in Ender’s Game

The Ender’s Game quotes below are all either spoken by Andrew “Ender” Wiggin or refer to Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1 Quotes

“So what do we do? Surround him with enemies all the time?”
“If we have to.”
“I thought you said you liked this kid.”
“If the Buggers get him, they’ll make me look like his favorite uncle.”
“All right. We’re saving the world, after all. Take him.”

Related Characters: Colonel Hyrum Graff (speaker), Major Anderson (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Page Number: 1
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Chapter 2 Quotes

Dad pointed out that the war wouldn’t go away just because you hid Bugger masks and wouldn’t let your kids play with make-believe laser guns. Better to play the war games, and have a better chance of surviving when the Buggers came again.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, Peter Wiggin, Mr. Wiggin / Father
Page Number: 11
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But he did not reach for a pillow to smother Ender. He did not have a weapon.

He whispered, “Ender, I’m sorry, I know how it feels. I’m sorry, I’m your brother. I love you.”

Related Characters: Peter Wiggin (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Page Number: 15
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Chapter 3 Quotes

“Tell me why you kept kicking him. You had already won.”
“Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too, right then, so they’d leave me alone.”

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Colonel Hyrum Graff (speaker), Stilson
Page Number: 19
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“They look at you and see you as a badge of pride, because they were able to circumvent the law and have a Third. But you’re also a badge of cowardice, because they dare not go further and practice the noncompliance they still feel is right.”

Related Characters: Colonel Hyrum Graff (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, Mr. Wiggin / Father, Mrs. Wiggin / Mother
Page Number: 23
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Chapter 4 Quotes

“I won’t lie now,” said Graff. “My job isn’t to be friends. My job is to produce the best soldiers in the world. In the whole history of the world. We need a Napoleon. An Alexander.”

Related Characters: Colonel Hyrum Graff (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Page Number: 34
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Chapter 5 Quotes

He could not cry. There was no chance that he would be treated with compassion. Dap was not Mother. Any sign of weakness would tell the Stilsons and the Peters that this boy could be broken.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Peter Wiggin, Stilson, Dap
Page Number: 45
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Chapter 6 Quotes

He hadn’t meant to kill the Giant. This was supposed to be a game. Not a choice between his own grisly death and an even worse murder. I’m a murderer, even when I play. Peter would be proud of me.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Peter Wiggin
Related Symbols: The Giant
Page Number: 65
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Listen, Wiggin, I don’t want you, I’m trying to get rid of you, but don’t give me any problems, or I’ll paste you to the wall.”
A good commander, thought Ender, doesn’t have to make stupid threats.

Related Characters: Bonzo Madrid (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Page Number: 86
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“You disobeyed me,” Bonzo said. Loudly, for all to hear. “No good soldier ever disobeys.”
Even as he cried from the pain, Ender could not help but take vengeful pleasure in the murmurs he heard rising through the barracks. You fool, Bonzo. You aren’t enforcing discipline, you’re destroying it. They know I turned defeat into a draw. And now they see how you repay me. You made yourself look stupid in front of everybody.

Related Characters: Bonzo Madrid (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Page Number: 95
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Chapter 8 Quotes

“Ender Wiggin is ten times smarter and stronger than I am. What I’m doing to him will bring out his genius. If I had to go through it myself, it would crush me.”

Related Characters: Colonel Hyrum Graff (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Page Number: 99
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“There is no war, and they’re just screwing around with us.”
“But why?”
“Because as long as people are afraid of the Buggers, the IF can stay in power.”

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Dink Meeker (speaker)
Page Number: 110
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Chapter 9 Quotes

That’s how they think of me, too. Teacher. Legendary soldier. Not one of them. Not someone that you embrace and whisper Salaam in his ear. That only lasted while Ender seemed a victim. Still seemed vulnerable. Now he was the master soldier, and he was completely, utterly alone.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker)
Page Number: 140
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Chapter 10 Quotes

Ender wanted to undo his taunting of the boy, wanted to tell the others that the little one needed their help and friendship more than anyone else. But of course Ender couldn’t do that. Not on the first day. On the first day even his mistakes had to look like part of a brilliant plan.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, Bean
Page Number: 161-162
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I made sure they all noticed you today. They’ll be watching every move you make. All you have to do to earn their respect now is be perfect.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Bean
Page Number: 166
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Chapter 11 Quotes

“They need us, that’s why.” Bean sat down on the floor and stared at Ender’s feet. “Because they need somebody to beat the Buggers. That’s the only thing they care about.”
“It’s important that you know that, Bean. Because most boys in this school think the game is important for itself—but it isn’t. It’s only important because it helps them find kids who might grow up to be real commanders, in the real war. But as for the game, screw that.”

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Bean (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Battleroom
Page Number: 196-197
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Only then did it occur to William Bee that not only had Dragon Army ended the game, it was possible that, under the rules, they had won it. After all, no matter what happened, you were not certified as the winner unless you had enough unfrozen soldiers to touch the corners of the gate and pass someone through into the enemy’s corridor.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, William Bee
Related Symbols: The Battleroom
Page Number: 218
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Chapter 13 Quotes

He caught her wrist in his hand. His grip was very strong, even though his hands were smaller than hers and his own arms were slender and tight. For a moment he looked dangerous; then he relaxed. “Oh, yes,” he said. “You used to tickle me.”

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Valentine Wiggin
Page Number: 235
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In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Valentine Wiggin
Page Number: 238
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Chapter 14 Quotes

“I surprised you once, Ender Wiggin, Why didn’t you destroy me immediately afterward? Just because I looked peaceful? You turned your back on me. Stupid. You have learned nothing. You have never had a teacher.”

Related Characters: Mazer Rakham (speaker), Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Page Number: 262
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Forget it, Mazer. I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules, if you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly—I’ll beat you unfairly first.
In that final battle in Battle School, he had won by ignoring the enemy, ignoring his own losses; he had moved against the enemy’s gate.
And the enemy’s gate was down.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Mazer Rakham
Related Symbols: The Battleroom
Page Number: 293
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Chapter 15 Quotes

“Val,” he said, “I just want one thing clear. I’m not going for you. I’m not going in order to be governor, or because I’m bored here. I’m going because I know the Buggers better than any other living soul, and maybe if I go there I can understand them better. I stole their future from them; I can only begin to repay by seeing what I can learn from their past.”

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (speaker), Valentine Wiggin
Page Number: 314
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And always Ender carried with him a dry white cocoon, looking for a world where the hive-queen could awaken and thrive in peace. He looked a long time.

Related Characters: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin
Related Symbols: The Hive-Queen Pupa
Page Number: 324
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Andrew “Ender” Wiggin Character Timeline in Ender’s Game

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Chapter 1: Third
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...narrative then cuts to an elementary school. A nurse speaks to a young boy named Ender, calling him Andrew. She explains that Ender is about to have a “monitor,” a small... (full context)
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Ender goes into a doctor’s office, where a doctor sits Ender down and prepares to remove... (full context)
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An hour after his operation, Ender returns to his classroom. He can barely stand, and can’t remember where he sat in... (full context)
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After school, Ender leaves class and walks to the bus. Stilson yells at Ender, calling him “Third” and... (full context)
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Ender looks at Stilson’s friends, who seem horrified. He yells, “remember what I do to people... (full context)
Chapter 2: Peter
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Ender is sitting at home with his older sister, Valentine. Valentine gently tells Ender that she’s... (full context)
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Peter and Ender begin playing Astronauts and Buggers. Ender imagines the Buggers, living on another planet, playing their... (full context)
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Shortly after the game of Astronauts and Buggers, Ender’s parents come home from work. Ender’s mother, whom he simply calls Mother, tells Ender that... (full context)
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Later in the night, Ender goes to bed. Peter, who sleeps in the bunk above Ender’s bed, walks into the... (full context)
Chapter 3: Graff
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The chapter resumes the morning after the events of the previous chapter. Ender is sitting at breakfast, wondering if he’ll have a tough day at school. Peter enters... (full context)
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Father calls Ender to talk to the military man. Mother and Father tell Ender what the man has... (full context)
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Graff turns his attention to Ender, and tells him that Ender has the choice to attend the school or not—a statement... (full context)
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Ender and Graff speak privately outside Ender’s house. Graff explains the truth: if Ender goes to... (full context)
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Ender and Graff continue talking. Graff explains that Valentine loves Ender with all her heart. He... (full context)
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Ender and Graff continue talking. Graff tells Ender that the human race needs another military commander... (full context)
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Ender walks back into the house and says a quick goodbye to his family. He hugs... (full context)
Chapter 4: Launch
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...begins with another anonymous conversation, apparently between X and Y again. Now talking explicitly about Ender, they agree that they’ll need to educate Ender very carefully if he’s to become the... (full context)
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Ender is sitting in a space shuttle, preparing to be sent to Battle School. There are... (full context)
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As Ender sits in his shuttle seat, he notices that the wall above him is carpeted, like... (full context)
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The launch proceeds quickly, and before long, Ender finds himself floating in space, “no gravity anywhere.” Because Ender has already been thinking about... (full context)
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Graff yells at Ender and asks why Ender is smiling. Ender is surprised that Graff is being so angry... (full context)
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Ender hears a boy behind him, muttering that Ender “has it made here.” The boy pokes... (full context)
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...looks like, or what the docking process consists of). As he climbs off the shuttle, Ender sees Graff, and asks him why Graff tried to manipulate the other children into fighting.... (full context)
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As Ender walks away, Graff turns and talks to a teacher named Anderson, who’s been watching the... (full context)
Chapter 5: Games
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...we can now guess, are Graff and Anderson, respectively). Anderson congratulates Graff for “masterfully” manipulating Ender into fighting his fellow students. Anderson also proposes that Ender can’t be allowed to feel... (full context)
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Now Ender is in a soldier’s barracks, immediately after the events of the previous chapter. Because he... (full context)
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...or bully others excessively, they’ll be iced, or dismissed from school. As Dap says this, Ender notices the boy whose arm he broke, who seems to have made a quick recovery.... (full context)
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At dinner, Ender eats alone. He thinks about his home, and about Valentine. He also notices the other... (full context)
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As Ender eats alone, a boy—who looks about 13—sits down next to him and introduces himself as... (full context)
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That night, Ender finds it hard to sleep. He cries and thinks about his family. He tries—somewhat successfully—to... (full context)
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Ender and his peers proceed with Battle School. Every day, he goes to classes on mathematics,... (full context)
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In the coming weeks, Ender notices that the boy whose arm he broke—a French boy named Bernard—has assembled a gang... (full context)
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The next week, Shen and Ender sit together at lunch. Ender doesn’t admit that he was the one who sent the... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Giant’s Drink
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...conversation, apparently between Graff and one of his military superiors. The superior points out that Ender seems “Stuck in the Giant’s Drink.” (We don’t yet know what this means.) Graff proposes... (full context)
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The chapter opens with Ender being sent, along with the other new students, to the battleroom—a place with zero gravity... (full context)
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As Ender and Shen float through the battleroom, they notice Bernard’s best friend, a boy named Alai.... (full context)
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One day shortly after his first experience in the battleroom, Ender is sitting in his bed, fooling around on his desk. He decides to play a... (full context)
Chapter 7: Salamander
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...begins with a conversation between Graff and a colleague. Graff and the colleague discuss how Ender is capable of “the impossible”—defeating the Giant in the virtual reality game. They also agree... (full context)
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As the chapter begins, Alai tells Ender that he’s finally figured out how Ender hacked into the messaging system and humiliated Bernard:... (full context)
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Ender and Alai go to their barracks to set up a security system on Alai’s desk.... (full context)
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Ender goes to the game room to wait to join up with his new Salamander teammates.... (full context)
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Ender rushes to the Salamander Army barracks, where he finds a group of boys who are... (full context)
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Ender walks with the other soldiers to his new barracks. Inside, he notices Petra, and joins... (full context)
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For the rest of the day, Ender notices the way Bonzo runs his team. He orders everyone to wear their jumpsuits at... (full context)
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The next day, Ender proceeds with his practices with Petra, even though other soldiers have warned him that Bonzo... (full context)
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In the evening, Ender attends a mandatory practice with the other Salamander soldiers. Although Ender isn’t yet a good... (full context)
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One evening, Petra leaves Ender to himself. Ender decides to return to his old barracks. There, he finds Bernard, along... (full context)
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The next day, Bonzo confronts Ender about practicing with his old friends. Ender explains that the only way he’ll become a... (full context)
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Four days after his run-in with Bonzo, Ender is preparing for his first battle with Salamander Army. The army is about to begin... (full context)
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The battle begins. The Salamander Army faces a tough opponent: the Condor Army. Ender notices that the Condor soldiers are good shooters, and freeze many Salamander soldiers. He decides... (full context)
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After the battle, Ender expects Bonzo to tell him that it’s all right for him to shoot. Instead, Bonzo... (full context)
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Over the coming weeks, Ender practices shooting in his free time. He turns seven, but doesn’t celebrate his birthday with... (full context)
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...weak, they have novel strategies, and use tactics that confuse Bonzo’s overly regimented troops. As Ender watches Leopard defeat Salamander, he decides to fight. He freezes his own legs, thereby creating... (full context)
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After the game, Salamander troops mutter about how Ender turned defeat into a draw by disobeying Bonzo’s orders. The next day, Bonzo approaches Ender... (full context)
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Ender says goodbye to Petra and thanks her for all her help. Then he leaves Salamander,... (full context)
Chapter 8: Rat
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...two named characters, Anderson and Graff. Anderson objects that Graff isn’t being “fair” enough with Ender, to which Graff replies that fairness “has nothing to do with war.” Graff orders Anderson... (full context)
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Ender meets his new commanding officer in the Rat Army, a boy named Rose. Rose teases... (full context)
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Rose sends Ender to speak to Ender’s new immediate superior, Dink Meeker. Dink seems laconic and uninterested in... (full context)
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In the following days, Ender practices with Dink Meeker and Dink’s other “toon” (platoon) of soldiers. Dink trains his troops... (full context)
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In his spare time, Ender decides to continue practicing with Alai and his other friends, disobeying Rose’s authority. He also... (full context)
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At the next battle, Rose orders Ender to launch himself through the battleroom alone. The order is seemingly suicidal—Rose is sacrificing Ender... (full context)
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One day, Ender is practicing in his toon, led by Dink Meeker. Ender wonders aloud why Dink, a... (full context)
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Shortly after Ender’s conversation with Dink, he goes to practice battleroom maneuvers with Alai and some other friends.... (full context)
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One day, Ender and Alai are practicing with new students. A group of older boys from other armies... (full context)
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A few days after his fight, Ender plays the Giant game again. In the game, he confronts a monster with the body... (full context)
Chapter 9: Locke and Demosthenes
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Graff and one of his subordinates, Major Imbu, have a conversation about Ender’s psychological development. Neither can explain how a picture of Ender’s brother appeared in a video... (full context)
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Back on Earth, Valentine Wiggin celebrates Ender’s eighth birthday alone. Her family has moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, and has seemingly forgotten... (full context)
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...Pax Americana, in which free speech and human rights are respected. Although he always bullied Ender, he says he’s also capable of love and affection—and he’ll bring the same love and... (full context)
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The chapter then cuts back to the Battle School. Ender has been the leading soldier in the battleroom for many months. He’s nine years old,... (full context)
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In his free time, Ender plays the Giant game. He journeys to a strange place called the End of the... (full context)
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...soldiers standing outside the building, and wonders if they’re here to give her news about Ender. Then it occurs to her that they could be coming to arrest her for her... (full context)
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...for her. Graff reminds Valentine that they met years ago (on the day Graff convinced Ender to leave Earth). Graff greets Valentine, and immediately tells her that Ender is doing fine.... (full context)
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Outside, Graff tells Valentine why he’s here: Ender is doing brilliantly at Battle School, but he’s been slumping lately, and needs something to... (full context)
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...crying, and tries to calm her by agreeing with her: he claims he doesn’t think Ender is like Peter at all. He asks Valentine to help Ender by writing him a... (full context)
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The narrative cuts back to Ender at Battle School. He receives a letter from Valentine. In the letter, Valentine tells Ender... (full context)
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Frustrated by Valentine’s letter, Ender goes to play the Giant game. He returns to the End of the World, and... (full context)
Chapter 10: Dragon
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Anderson and Graff discuss how to teach Ender. For some time now, Ender has been optimistic and happy, spurred on by his letter... (full context)
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Ender has been on top of the standings for the last three years, and he’s been... (full context)
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Ender arrives in his barracks, and surveys his new army. Most of the soldiers are tiny—as... (full context)
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Ender and his soldiers arrive in the battleroom, some of them still frantically pulling on their... (full context)
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When everyone is assembled near the ceiling, Ender calls out the small soldier who was first to launch in the right direction. The... (full context)
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Ender continues with his lesson. He demonstrates to his troops that it’s much harder to be... (full context)
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After practice, Ender stays late to help some of the most inexperienced soldiers. At the edge of the... (full context)
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After practice, Ender tries to understand why he was hard on Bean. He realizes that Graff used the... (full context)
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After writing his thoughts, Ender goes to free practice in the battleroom, as usual. There, he finds Major Anderson, who... (full context)
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Ender goes to the game room, where he finds Alai waiting for him. Alai tells Ender... (full context)
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The next day, Ender and Alai greet each other in the halls. They’re still friendly and open with each... (full context)
Chapter 11: Veni Vidi Vici
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Anderson and Graff argue about the battle schedule Graff has planned for Ender. Anderson objects that the schedule is too challenging: Ender faces a new battle almost every... (full context)
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Ender has been a commander for a few weeks now. He barely sleeps, and spends long... (full context)
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Ender goes to meet his army at 6 am, and informs them that they have a... (full context)
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The battle begins. Right away, Ender notices that there are “stars” scattered through the battleroom. He directs his toons to shoot... (full context)
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The battle proceeds very quickly—Ender’s organized yet free-thinking troops easily overpower the Rabbit Army’s plodding forces. Ender assembles five troops... (full context)
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It’s still early in the morning when Ender’s troops have left the battleroom. He orders them to the mess hall for breakfast, and... (full context)
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After practice, Ender goes to the commander’s mess hall, and notices his old toon leader Dink Meeker sitting... (full context)
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The next day, Ender wakes up to find that he has another battle scheduled, this time with Petra Arkanian’s... (full context)
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...end of the week, Dragon Army has fought seven battles, and won all of them. Ender has acquired a reputation among commanders for being cocky and arrogant, especially because he’s younger... (full context)
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Ender focuses his attention on learning new strategies for the battleroom. He researches old propaganda videos... (full context)
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One day, Ender receives a visit from Anderson and Graff. They ask him how his army has been... (full context)
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Ender goes to his troops and tells them about their new battle. Thinking quickly, he devises... (full context)
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After the battle, Major Anderson enters the battleroom, approaches Ender, and congratulates him on his victory. Ender is furious, however, and insists that he should... (full context)
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...of view. Bean is sitting in his barracks room when he receives a message from Ender. He goes to Ender’s room, where Ender asks him how he’s been doing in the... (full context)
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Ender asks Bean for his help. He needs Bean to think of “crazy ideas” to help... (full context)
Chapter 12: Bonzo
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...American officer, and Colonel Graff. Pace has learned from Dap that Graff is intentionally putting Ender’s life in danger. Pace warns Graff that if Bonzo Madrid and his friends attack Ender,... (full context)
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As the chapter begins, Ender and Bean are practicing with their troops. Bean has found a “new toy”—a deadline (long,... (full context)
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After practice, Ender and his troops walk through the halls, and notice that there are too many Salamander... (full context)
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In the barracks, Crazy Tom informs Ender that toons will now walk with Ender at all times. Ender accepts this protection—he realizes... (full context)
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Ender’s next battle is against the Badger Army. In the battle, Badger troops don’t stay frozen... (full context)
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Ender uses his free time to work out at the Battle School gym, and to take... (full context)
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Ender prepares to fight Bonzo in the showers. He can see right away that Bonzo is... (full context)
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Bonzo turns to Ender and lunges at him. He tries to grab Ender, but Ender’s body is too slippery... (full context)
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Ender staggers away from Bonzo’s unmoving body, followed by Dink. Bonzo’s friends make no attempt to... (full context)
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Ender is lying alone in his room, hours after his fight with Bonzo. Suddenly, he hears... (full context)
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Ender brings his army to the battleroom. He’s dismayed to find that the two enemy armies... (full context)
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...Then, suddenly, the lights turn on and the game ends. Bee realizes what’s just happened: Ender has sent five soldiers to the enemy’s gate, performing the standard “victory ritual” that ends... (full context)
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We return to Ender’s perspective. He just won, ingeniously, by bending the rules of the battleroom. Overjoyed, Crazy Tom... (full context)
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Ender is sitting in his room when he hears a knock. It’s Bean. Bean has just... (full context)
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Suddenly, Colonel Graff enters Ender’s room. Ignoring Bean, he informs Ender that he’s been transferred to Command School. Bean protests... (full context)
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The next day, Ender prepares to leave Battle School, accompanied by Anderson and Graff. Anderson has been promoted from... (full context)
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...Imbu that Graff has been summoned by the Polemarch, possibly to be court-martialed for endangering Ender’s life. Anderson also reveals that Bonzo is the second person Ender has murdered: Ender killed... (full context)
Chapter 13: Valentine
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...waiting for her at school. He explains that Valentine must come with him to visit Ender, since he’s on leave. Graff explains that Ender cares for Valentine, far more than he... (full context)
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...to a beautiful lake. Valentine runs down to the shores of the lake, and finds Ender paddling in a small boat. He greets Valentine calmly, and mentions that he enjoys swimming... (full context)
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Valentine tells Ender why she’s here—undoubtedly she’s supposed to convince Ender to continue with Battle School, just as... (full context)
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Valentine can’t help but tell Ender about Peter. She tells him that Peter is writing under an alias, and wants to... (full context)
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Ender confesses his deepest secret to Valentine: he can’t beat the Buggers. Even after years of... (full context)
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Ender and Valentine lie by the lake for hours, silently. After some time, Valentine sits up... (full context)
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Ender and Graff leave the Earth after Ender has been there for three months. Graff informs... (full context)
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For the next three months, Ender and Graff travel to Eros on their ship. They spend long chunks of time talking... (full context)
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Ender asks Graff other questions about the Buggers. He wants to know if the Buggers are... (full context)
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Ender asks Graff, point-blank, why humans are fighting the Buggers. Graff offers various reasons: because the... (full context)
Chapter 14: Ender’s Teacher
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...Admiral Chamrajnagar. Graff tells the Admiral that he’s planning a new course of study for Ender, incorporating the latest weapons technology. Chamrajnagar mentions that he used to have Graff’s job, supervising... (full context)
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Ender has been living on Eros for a few weeks. He hates it from the first... (full context)
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One day, Ender awakes to find an old man sitting in his room. Ender asks the old man... (full context)
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In the coming weeks, Ender spends his days learning strategy from Mazer. Every day Mazer programs battles for Ender on... (full context)
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Ender asks Mazer the question he’s been considering for years: he wants to know how, exactly,... (full context)
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Mazer explains his new military strategies to Ender. The humans have invented a new weapon: the so-called “Dr. Device,” which is capable of... (full context)
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Ender proceeds with his military training. Every day he conducts fake military exercises in which he... (full context)
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Every day, Ender and his commanders begin a new military exercise against a computerized enemy programmed by Mazer... (full context)
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One day, Ender and his commanders participate in a training exercise that seems fairly easy. The enemy fleet... (full context)
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The training exercises in the days following Ender’s first use of the Dr. Device are more difficult than the previous ones. Ender realizes... (full context)
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Gradually, the commanders under Ender develop a good, smooth relationship with him. Strangely, Ender’s friendship with his commanders weakens during... (full context)
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One day, Ender commands a battle in which he sustains horrible losses. Petra overextends her fleets, and ends... (full context)
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Ender enters a strange stage in which he’s neither fully awake nor fully asleep. During his... (full context)
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The next day, the narrator says, is Ender’s last in Command School, though he doesn’t know it. Ender wakes up and finds that... (full context)
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Ender greets his commanders, all of whom are ready to fight. He considers what will happen... (full context)
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Ender whispers instructions to his commanders, and their fleets move toward the planet. The enemy ships... (full context)
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Ender turns and sees that the group of adults watching him is cheering. He’s surprised: he’d... (full context)
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Ender wakes up to find Graff and Mazer standing over him. Graff informs Ender that news... (full context)
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Graff then gives Ender some important information: as soon as news of the victory over the Buggers reached Earth,... (full context)
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Ender spends the next day, or week, or month, half-asleep. He can’t tell how long he’s... (full context)
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Ender wakes up to find Alai standing over him. Alai informs Ender that a war has... (full context)
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More of Ender’s friends enter the room, including Dink. Ender looks at his friends and says, “I don’t... (full context)
Chapter 15: Speaker for the Dead
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...a conversation between Graff and Anderson. Graff has recently been court-martialed for his manipulations of Ender. The court showed a jury videos of Ender killing Bonzo Madrid, suggesting that Graff is... (full context)
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Graff and Anderson talk about Ender’s future. Graff tells Anderson that Locke and Demosthenes have arranged for Ender never to return... (full context)
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It has now been a year since Ender defeated the Buggers, and he still hasn’t been brought back to Earth. Ender has watched... (full context)
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One day, Ender is amazed to see Valentine on Eros. Valentine tells Ender that she’s planning on traveling... (full context)
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Valentine insists that Ender can never return to Earth—if he does, then he’ll be Peter’s pawn. Valentine pressured Peter... (full context)
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Valentine and Ender proceed on their journey to the new colony. The journey lasts two years (from their... (full context)
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Years pass. One day, Ender travels by helicopter to explore new areas of the former Bugger planet. He is shocked... (full context)
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Inside the castle, Ender finds the mirror in which he once saw Peter’s face. Behind the mirror, Ender finds... (full context)
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In the coming days, Ender takes care of the pupa. He also writes a book, collaborating with the Bugger queen... (full context)
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More time passes. Ender and Valentine are in their early twenties, but back on Earth, Peter—now the leader of... (full context)
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Ender and Valentine decide to leave their new home, confident that it will be peaceful and... (full context)