The Chocolate War

by

Robert Cormier

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Brother Jacques Character Analysis

One of the brothers at Trinity. He attempts to pull Leon into line after he discovers that Leon has abused school funds to order so many chocolates, and, in the end, Jacques is the one who stops the terrible boxing match between Jerry and Janza by turning out the lights. For all his efforts, Cormier implies that Brother Jacques’s righteous ways will not be enough to stop the corrupt Brother Leon and the Vigils.

Brother Jacques Quotes in The Chocolate War

The The Chocolate War quotes below are all either spoken by Brother Jacques or refer to Brother Jacques. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ember edition of The Chocolate War published in 2004.
Chapter 24 Quotes

"Listen, I think Leon's in deep trouble. There's more than chocolates involved here, Archie."

Archie resented Cochran's familiarity, the use of his name. But he didn't say anything, curious about what the kid had to say.

"I overheard Leon talking with Brother Jacques. Jacques was trying to back him into a corner. He kept mentioning something about Leon abusing his power of attorney. That he’d over-extended the school’s finances. That was his exact word, ‘overextended.’ The chocolates came into it. Something about twenty thousand boxes and Leon paying cash in advance. I didn't hear all of it . . . I got out of there before they could find out I was around . . ."

“So what do you think, Cochran?" Archie asked, although he knew. Leon needed at least twenty thousand dollars to draw even with the school.

"I think Leon bought the chocolates with money that he wasn't supposed to use. Now the sale's going lousy and he's caught in the middle. And Brother Jacques smells a rat…"

Related Characters: Brian Cochran (speaker), Archie Costello, Brother Leon, Brother Jacques
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 154-155
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Brother Jacques Character Timeline in The Chocolate War

The timeline below shows where the character Brother Jacques appears in The Chocolate War. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 20
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Masculinity, Violence, and Power Theme Icon
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Brother Jacques delivers a lecture to his students. Every time he says the word “environment,” the boys... (full context)
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Over the course of the next fifteen minutes, Brother Jacques uses the word “environment” five times. He has clearly figured out the trigger word, and... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...there is “more than chocolate” involved in the sale. Brian revealed that he overheard Brother Jacques and Leon talking, and Jacques accused Leon of “abusing his power of attorney” and “overextend[ing]... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...the utility building, the lights go back on. Archie opens the door, and inside Brother Jacques is waiting for him, his hand on the switch. Brother Jacques greets Archie coolly, calling... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...opens his eyes. He realizes that The Goober is cradling him. The stands are empty—Brother Jacques and a few other teachers have chased everyone away. The Goober and Obie have called... (full context)
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As an ambulance approaches, Brother Jacques asks Archie why he did all of this to Jerry. Archie says he doesn’t know... (full context)
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Leon approaches and puts an arm around Jacques’s shoulder. He asks if Jacques has everything under control, and Jacques answers coldly that a... (full context)
Chapter 39
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...selected him for the chocolate assignment. Obie attempts to reprimand Archie, but Archie insists that Jacques already lectured him—luckily, he was rescued by Leon. Obie calls Leon a “bastard,” and tells... (full context)