The Chocolate War

by

Robert Cormier

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Jerry Renault Character Analysis

Jerry Renault is the protagonist of the story and a freshman at Trinity High, a Catholic all-boys’ school in New England steeped in years of tradition. Jerry, whose mother has recently died, longs to find a place for himself at Trinity; he tries out for the football team, almost asks out a girl, and slowly begins making friends, but his plans are waylaid when he is caught up in an assignment from the school’s secret society, the Vigils. Ordered to refuse to participate in the school’s yearly chocolate sale for ten days, Jerry suffers greatly as he butts heads with the strange, slimy assistant headmaster Brother Leon and becomes known as an outsider among his classmates. After the ten days are up and Jerry still refuses to accept the chocolates—spurred, in equal measure, by his desire to “disturb the universe” and avoid a “square,” repetitive lifestyle like his father’s, and to make a name for himself at his stuffy school—he becomes a legend on-campus, lauded by his classmates for his bucking of tradition. Even as Jerry’s popularity soars, the secret mechanisms with the school begin working against him, and soon, Archie Costello, Brother Leon, Emile Janza, and sundry other members of the student body have embarked upon a campaign of physical and psychological violence against Jerry, meant to break his spirit and force him to conform. As Jerry struggles against the powers that be and seeks to figure out what it is he wants out of his own life, he wrestles with the stifling forces of tradition and mindless compliance with the status quo—but, in a painful twist, is ultimately defeated, and in the end regrets having tried to “disturb the universe” in the first place.

Jerry Renault Quotes in The Chocolate War

The The Chocolate War quotes below are all either spoken by Jerry Renault or refer to Jerry Renault. 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 3 Quotes

Jerry walked to the bus like a sleepwalker. He hated confrontations. His heart hammered. He climbed aboard, dropped his token in the coin box and lurched to his seat as the bus moved away from the curb.

He sat down, breathed deeply, closed his eyes. Go get your bus, square boy. […] You’re missing a lot of things in the world, better not miss that bus.

A big put-on, of course. That was their specialty, people like that. Putting people on. Nothing else to do with their lives, piddling away their lives.

And yet. . . Yet, what? He didn't know. He thought of his life—going to school and coming home. Even though his tie was loose, dangling on his shirt, he yanked it off. He looked up at the advertising placards above the windows, wanting to turn his thoughts away from the confrontation.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker)
Page Number: 20-21
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Chapter 9 Quotes

"Hey, Dad."

"Yes, Jerry?"

"Were things really fine at the store today?"

His father paused near the kitchen doorway, puzzled. “What do you mean, Jerry?"

“I mean, every day I ask you how things are going and every day you say fine. Don't you have some great days? Or rotten days?”

“A drugstore's pretty much the same all the time, Jerry. The prescriptions come in and we fill them—and that’s about it.”

[…]

Was life that dull, that boring and humdrum for people? He hated to think of his own life stretching ahead of him that way, a long succession of days and nights that were fine, fine—not good, not bad, not great, not lousy, not exciting, not anything.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), Jerry’s Father (speaker)
Page Number: 60-61
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Chapter 13 Quotes

“Let me get this straight, Renault,” Brother Leon said and his voice brought the room under his command again. "I called your name. Your response could have been either yes or no. Yes means that like every other student in this school you agree to sell a certain amount of chocolates, in this case fifty boxes. No—and let me point out that the sale is strictly voluntary, Trinity forces no one to participate against his wishes, this is the great glory of Trinity—no means you don't wish to sell the chocolates, that you refuse to participate. Now, what is your answer? Yes or no?"

“No.”

The Goober stared at Jerry in disbelief. Was this Jerry Renault who always looked a little worried, a little unsure of himself even after completing a beautiful pass, who always seemed kind of bewildered—was this him actually defying Brother Leon? Not only Brother Leon but a Trinity tradition?

[…]

"You may pick up your chocolates in the gym, gentlemen,” Brother Leon said, his eyes bright—wet-bright. "Those of you who are true sons of Trinity, that is. I pity anyone who is not." That terrible smile remained on his face. "Class dismissed," Leon called although the bell had not sounded.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), Brother Leon (speaker), The Goober
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 82-83
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Chapter 19 Quotes

Jerry opened his locker. He had thumbtacked a poster to the back wall of the locker on the first day of school. The poster showed a wide expanse of beach, a sweep of sky with a lone star glittering far away. A man walked on the beach, a small solitary figure in all that immensity. At the bottom of the poster, these words appeared—Do I dare disturb the universe? By Eliot, who wrote the Waste Land thing they were studying in English. Jerry wasn't sure of the poster's meaning. But it had moved him mysteriously. It was traditional at Trinity for everyone to decorate the interior of his locker with a poster. Jerry chose this one.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker)
Related Symbols: Jerry’s Poster
Page Number: 123
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“Renault."

It would be so easy, really, to yell “Yes." To say, “Give me the chocolates to sell, Brother Leon." So easy to be like the others, not to have to confront those terrible eyes every morning. Brother Leon finally looked up. The tempo of the roll call had broken.

“No," Jerry said.

He was swept with sadness, a sadness deep and penetrating, leaving him desolate like someone washed up on a beach, a lone survivor in a world full of strangers.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), Brother Leon (speaker)
Related Symbols: Chocolate, Jerry’s Poster
Page Number: 124
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Chapter 22 Quotes

“Renault… zero," Brother Leon said, his voice a sibilant whisper. "Can you imagine that, Cochran? A Trinity boy who has refused to sell the chocolates? Do you know what's happened, Cochran? Do you know why the sales have fallen off?"

“I don't know, Brother Leon," Brian said lamely.

“The boys have become infected, Cochran. Infected by a disease we could call apathy. A terrible disease. Difficult to cure."

What was he talking about?

“Before a cure can be found, the cause must be discovered. But in this case, Cochran, the cause is known. The carrier of the disease is known."

Brian knew what he was getting at now. Leon figured that Renault was the cause, the carrier of the disease. As if reading Brian's mind, Leon whispered “Renault . . . Renault. . ."

Like a mad scientist plotting revenge in an underground laboratory, for crying out loud.

Related Characters: Brother Leon (speaker), Brian Cochran (speaker), Jerry Renault
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 146-147
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Chapter 23 Quotes

"Look, Jerry. There's something rotten in that school. More than rotten." He groped for the word and found it but didn't want to use it. The word didn't fit the surroundings, the sun and the bright October afternoon. It was a midnight word, a howling wind word.

"The Vigils?" Jerry asked. He'd lain back on the lawn and was looking at the blue sky, the hurrying autumn clouds.

"That's part of it," The Goober said. He wished they were still running. "Evil," he said.

"What did you say?"

Crazy. Jerry would think he'd flipped. "Nothing," Goober said. “Anyway, I'm not going to play football. It's a personal thing, Jerry." He took a deep breath. "And I'm not going out for track next spring."

They sat in silence.

"What's the matter, Goob?" Jerry finally asked, voice troubled and loaded with concern.

"It's what they do to us, Jerry."

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), The Goober (speaker)
Page Number: 151
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Chapter 25 Quotes

Carter blew air out of his mouth in exasperation. He was losing patience with Archie's cat and mouse crap. He had sat here for two years watching Archie play his silly games with kids, having Archie act the big shot as if he ran the show. Carter carried the responsibility for the assignments on his shoulders. As president, he also had to keep the other guys in line, keep them psyched up, ready to help make Archie's assignments work. And Carter wasn't crazy about this chocolate stuff. It was something beyond the control of The Vigils. It involved Brother Leon and he didn't trust Leon as far as he could throw him. Now, he watched the kid Renault, looking as if he was ready to faint with fright, his face pale and eyes wide with dread, and Archie having fun with him. Jesus, Carter hated this psychological crap. He loved boxing where everything was visible—the jabs, the hooks, the roundhouse swings, the glove in the stomach.

Related Characters: Carter (speaker), Jerry Renault, Archie Costello, Brother Leon
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 162-163
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Chapter 28 Quotes

The morning after that first night phone call, Jerry opened his locker and shook his head in disbelief. His poster had been smeared with ink or some kind of blue paint. The message had been virtually obliterated. Do I dare disturb the universe? was now a grotesque jumble of unconnected letters. It was such a senseless, childish act of vandalism that Jerry was more awed than angered. Who'd do such a crazy thing? Looking down, he saw that his new gym sneakers had been slashed, the canvas now limp shreds, rag-like. He'd made the mistake of leaving them here overnight.

Ruining the poster was one thing, a gross act, the work of the animal—and all schools had animals, even Trinity. But there was nothing prankish about ruining the sneakers. That was deliberate, somebody sending him a message.

The telephone calls.

That attack on the football field.

Now this.

He closed the locker quickly so no one would see the damage. For some reason, he felt ashamed.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker)
Related Symbols: Jerry’s Poster
Page Number: 182-183
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Chapter 30 Quotes

“Goober sold his fifty boxes," someone called. Cheers, applause and ear-splitting whistles. The Goober started to step forward in protest.

He had only sold twenty-seven boxes, damn it. He had stopped at twenty-seven to show that he was supporting Jerry, even though nobody knew, not even Jerry. And now the whole thing evaporated and he found himself sinking back in the shadows, as if he could shrivel into invisibility. He didn't want trouble. He'd had enough trouble, and he had held on. But he knew his days at Trinity would be numbered if he walked into that group of jubilant guys and told them to erase the fifty beside his name.

Out in the corridor, The Goober's breath came fast. But otherwise he felt nothing. He willed himself to feel nothing. He didn't feel rotten. He didn't feel like a traitor. He didn't feel small and cowardly. And if he didn't feel all these things, then why was he crying all the way to his locker?

Related Characters: The Goober (speaker), Jerry Renault
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 197
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Chapter 31 Quotes

"You listen,” Janza said, cool now, knowing he had struck a vulnerable spot. “You're polluting Trinity. You won't sell the chocolates like everybody else and now we find out you're a fairy." He shook his head in mock, exaggerated admiration. "You're really something, know that? Trinity has tests and ways of weeding the homos out but you were smart enough to get by, weren't you? You must be creaming all over—wow, four hundred ripe young bodies to rub against . . ."

"I'm not a fairy," Jerry cried.

“Kiss me," Janza said, puckering his lips grotesquely.

"You son of a bitch," Jerry said.

The words hung on the air, verbal flags of battle. And Janza smiled, a radiant smile of triumph. This is what he'd wanted all along, of course. This had been the reason for the encounter, the insults.

"What did you call me?" Janza asked.

“A son of a bitch," Jerry said, measuring out the words, saying them deliberately, eager now for the fight.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), Emile Janza (speaker)
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 202
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Chapter 35 Quotes

"What do you say, Renault? Do you accept the rules?"

What could he say? After the phone calls and the beating. After the desecration of his locker. The silent treatment. Pushed downstairs. What they did to Goober, to Brother Eugene. What guys like Archie and Janza did to the school. What they would do to the world when they left Trinity.

Jerry tightened his body in determination. At least this was his chance to strike back, to hit out. Despite the odds Archie had set up with the raffle tickets.

“Okay," Jerry had said.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), Archie Costello (speaker), Emile Janza, The Goober, Brother Eugene
Page Number: 225
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Chapter 36 Quotes

“I don't know how you do it, Archie," Carter was forced to admit.

"Simple, Carter, simple." Archie reveled in the moment, basking in Carter's admiration, Carter who had humiliated him at The Vigils meeting. Someday he'd get even with Carter but at the moment it was satisfying enough to have Carter regarding him with awe and envy. "You see, Carter, people are two things: greedy and cruel. So we have a perfect set-up here. The greed part—a kid pays a buck for a chance to win a hundred. Plus fifty boxes of chocolates. The cruel part—watching two guys hitting each other, maybe hurting each other, while they're safe in the bleachers. That's why it works, Carter, because we're all bastards.”

Carter disguised his disgust. Archie repelled him in many ways but most of all by the way he made everybody feel dirty, contaminated, polluted. As if there was no goodness at all in the world. And yet Carter had to admit that he was looking forward to the fight, that he himself had bought not one but two tickets. Did that make him like everybody else—greedy and cruel, as Archie said?

Related Characters: Archie Costello (speaker), Carter (speaker), Jerry Renault, Emile Janza
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 231
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Chapter 37 Quotes

Triumphantly, he watched Janza floundering on weak, wobbly knees. Jerry turned toward the crowd, seeking—what? Applause? They were booing. Booing him. Shaking his head, trying to reassemble himself, squinting, he saw Archie in the crowd, a grinning, exultant Archie. A new sickness invaded Jerry, the sickness of knowing what he had become, another animal, another beast, another violent person in a violent world, inflicting damage, not disturbing the universe but damaging it. He had allowed Archie to do this to him.

And that crowd out there he had wanted to impress? To prove himself before? Hell, they wanted him to lose, they wanted him killed, for Christ's sake.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), Archie Costello, Emile Janza
Page Number: 242
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Chapter 38 Quotes

"It'll be all right, Jerry."

No it won't. He recognized Goober's voice and it was important to share the discovery with Goober. He had to tell Goober to play ball, to play football, to run, to make the team, to sell the chocolates, to sell whatever they wanted you to sell, to do whatever they wanted you to do. He tried to voice the words but there was something wrong with his mouth, his teeth, his face. But he went ahead anyway, telling Goober what he needed to know. They tell you to do your thing but they don't mean it. They don't want you to do your thing, not unless it happens to be their thing, too. It’s a laugh, Goober, a fake. Don't disturb the universe, Goober, no matter what the posters say.

Related Characters: Jerry Renault (speaker), The Goober (speaker)
Related Symbols: Chocolate, Jerry’s Poster
Page Number: 248
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Chapter 39 Quotes

“Maybe the black box will work the next time, Archie," Obie said. “Or maybe another kid like Renault will come along."

Archie didn't bother to answer. Wishful thinking wasn't worth answering. He sniffed the air and yawned. “Hey, Obie, what happened to the chocolates?"

"The guys raided the chocolates in the confusion. As far as the money’s concerned, Brian Cochran has it. We'll have some kind of drawing next week at assembly."

Archie barely listened. He wasn't interested. He was hungry. “You sure all the chocolates are gone, Obie?"

“I'm sure, Archie.”

"You got a Hershey or anything?"

“No.”

The lights went off again. Archie and Obie sat there awhile not saying anything and then made their way out of the place in the darkness.

Related Characters: Archie Costello (speaker), Obie (speaker), Jerry Renault
Related Symbols: Chocolate
Page Number: 252-253
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Jerry Renault Character Timeline in The Chocolate War

The timeline below shows where the character Jerry Renault appears in The Chocolate War. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Trinity High freshman Jerry Renault is getting “murdered” as he tries out for the school football team. As he... (full context)
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Eventually, the coach pulls Jerry aside. The coach asks why Jerry wants to play football in the first place, and... (full context)
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...carefully-coded notebook, which contains names and personal information of every student at Trinity, and finds Jerry’s name. He tells Archie that Jerry’s father is a pharmacist, while his mother died of... (full context)
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Archie suggests that Jerry needs “therapy,” and orders Obie to write Jerry’s name down. Obie asks what the assignment... (full context)
Chapter 3
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On the way home from school, Jerry stops in at a store and looks at a Playboy magazine. He worries that a... (full context)
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Out at the bus stop, Jerry reflects on the three days of brutal football tryouts he has endured, and stares at... (full context)
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Jerry attempts to extricate himself from the conversation, but the hippie keeps on nagging Jerry. He... (full context)
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As Jerry boards the bus, his heart hammers in his chest. The hippie’s words echo in his... (full context)
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In Brother Leon’s class, Jerry can tell that Leon is about to “put on [a] show.” Leon is a flamboyant... (full context)
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As Jerry watches Brother Leon torment Bailey, he begins feeling tense and ill. He longs to be... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...sharply. He is having an okay time on the football team, and enjoys playing with Jerry Renault, but it is running he really loves. The Goober isn’t running right now, though—right... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Jerry’s mother died in the spring after a long battle with cancer. Her death left Jerry... (full context)
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Jerry comes home from school to find his father napping on the sofa in the den... (full context)
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Jerry, perturbed that every day when he asks his father how his day was his father... (full context)
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That night, as Jerry gets ready for bed, he looks at himself in the mirror, seeing himself for the... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Jerry is playing in a scrimmage with other freshmen against a few members of the varsity... (full context)
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As Jerry runs the play, one of his own teammates topples Carter miraculously, and with a “sudden... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...worries about Brother Eugene, but is shocked out of his reverie when he realizes that Jerry Renault has refused to accept his chocolates. (full context)
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Brother Leon is astounded to hear a “No” from Jerry when he reaches his name on the roll, and indeed the entire class begins murmuring... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...already. It is the fourth day of the sale, and The Goober waits tensely for Jerry’s name to be called, knowing that Jerry will refuse the chocolates again, as he has... (full context)
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...the sale up, and goes on tallying as best he can. When he comes to Jerry Renault’s name and sees a zero beside it, he is shocked; he wonders who would... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...other students don’t have Caroni’s spirit, and are not doing as well. Brother Leon mentions Jerry Renault, who has not sold a single box of chocolate. (full context)
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...as corrupt as anyone else in the world. Caroni had thought, watching Brother Leon call Jerry’s name each day, that Jerry was Brother Leon’s victim—but now he realizes that it is... (full context)
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Treading carefully, Caroni tells Brother Leon that Jerry Renault’s refusal to participate in the sale is widely known to be a Vigils assignment,... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...of the sale’s tenth day, Brother Leon calls roll gleefully. The Goober has learned that Jerry’s refusal was part of a Vigils assignment, and anxiously waits for Jerry to finally accept... (full context)
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That night in bed, Jerry himself is still completely uncertain as to what made him say “No” despite his assignment... (full context)
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Jerry tries to settle down in bed and fall asleep. He worries that he is, like... (full context)
Chapter 19
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The next morning on the bus, Jerry feels sleep-deprived and sick. He tries to cram for a geography test, but cannot focus.... (full context)
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The Goober is waiting for Jerry outside the school’s entrance, looking concerned. Jerry worries that his friend is not the cheerful,... (full context)
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As the boys head into school, The Goober begs Jerry to take the chocolates. Jerry says he can’t—he is “committed now.” The Goober heads to... (full context)
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In homeroom, Brother Leon calls roll. When Leon gets to Jerry’s name, Jerry hesitates. It would be so easy, he thinks, to say yes, and to... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...box—to a diabetic aunt who’ll never eat them. Kevin wonders aloud to Danny if the “Renault kid” has the right idea in refusing to sell the chocolates. Danny asks if Jerry... (full context)
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...Archie that what they have to discuss, though, is very important. Obie tells Archie that Jerry Renault is still not selling chocolates, even after the end of his assignment. Archie doesn’t... (full context)
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Obie points out that the student body, seeing clearly the clash between Jerry and Brother Leon, has begun taking sides in the issue. Something bigger is brewing, and... (full context)
Chapter 22
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When Brian at last reaches the bottom of the list and reads off “Renault…zero,” Brother Leon becomes incensed. He tells Brian that the other boys have become “infected” by... (full context)
Chapter 23
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On the way to the bus stop on a no-practice afternoon, The Goober tells Jerry that he’s going to quit the football team. Jerry asks why, but rather than answer... (full context)
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Jerry, winded, stops running and asks The Goober what Brother Eugene has to do with football.... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...the sale is not his problem, but Leon insists that it is—ever since Archie involved Renault and his protest, the assignment (and the sale) have backfired. Archie insists that Trinity boys... (full context)
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...he suggests Archie breathe new life into the sale, and Leon suggests Archie “begin with Renault,” and make him agree to sell his share. Leon is worried that discontented students will... (full context)
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Jerry receives a ransom-note-like summons from the Vigils, ordering him to attend a meeting in half... (full context)
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...Vigils how many chocolates they’ve sold—they have all unloaded over twenty boxes each. Archie asks Jerry why he hasn’t sold any at all, and Jerry contemplates how he should answer. Knowing... (full context)
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Jerry says he simply doesn’t want to sell the chocolates. Archie laughs at this, and asks... (full context)
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...seems desperate, and even scared. He feels as if he has won a victory over Archie—Jerry has finally gotten to Archie and screwed him up. Obie knows that Jerry is not... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Jerry’s heart beats wildly, and he wonders if he actually is some kind of pervert—refusing to... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...Rollo was just the “curtain raiser” for the meeting; its real purpose is to discuss Jerry Renault. (full context)
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...themselves, for letting their name get swept up in the chocolate sale, and for letting Jerry Renault get away with defying them. Carter asks Obie to show the group what he... (full context)
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...he must show Carter—and the rest of the group—that he alone can take care of Renault and the chocolates. Archie suggests the Vigils work double-time to ensure that the sale is... (full context)
Chapter 28
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In art class, Brother Andrew tells Jerry that he has not received an important project for a large percentage of the class... (full context)
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Jerry, back at his locker, considers the damage inside. He ponders the question “Do I dare... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...process, excessively praising the boys who have sold impressive numbers of chocolates. Leon still calls Jerry’s name every day, and every day, Jerry answers “No.” (full context)
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One afternoon, after Jerry replies to the roll, a student raises his hand and asks Brother Leon to ask... (full context)
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Jerry points out that Brother Leon did, at the start, say the sale was voluntary, and... (full context)
Chapter 31
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As Jerry is leaving school, he hears a voice ask him what his hurry is. Several feet... (full context)
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Jerry is tired—he has just come from a terrible football practice, and does not want to... (full context)
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Jerry does not respond, and Janza teases him for blushing. Janza accuses Jerry of polluting Trinity—not... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Jerry lies prone in the sweet, safe dark. He is afraid that if he moves, his... (full context)
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Jerry begins falling asleep, but the telephone rings. Though he does not want to, he knows... (full context)
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Later that night, as Jerry is eating soup at the kitchen table, voices float up to Jerry and his father’s... (full context)
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Later that night, at two-thirty in the morning, the telephone rings again. Jerry’s father answers it, echoing Jerry’s earlier thought that allowing the phone to ring just lets... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Suddenly, Jerry is as invisible as a ghost. Everyone at school ignores him, avoids him, and gives... (full context)
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In his classes, Jerry feels as if his teachers, too, are icing him out. Jerry resigns himself to the... (full context)
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As Jerry walks towards the stairs at lunchtime, he feels himself being suddenly pushed from behind. He... (full context)
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...that is strictly for the student body, and not the Brothers. Obie asks if even Renault will be there, and Archie says that he will—they are giving Jerry one last chance... (full context)
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...residence. Archie marvels at his success in manipulating such an event as he looks at Jerry and Janza, standing alone in the boxing ring on the football field. (full context)
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Archie had called Jerry on the phone and offered him the chance to get revenge on Janza, and on... (full context)
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Even Obie has to admit that Archie has pulled something amazing off. Obie looks at Jerry in the center of the ring and thinks he looks like a “poor dumb doomed... (full context)
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Jerry is nervous as he waits for the match to start. He knows that agreeing to... (full context)
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...he was talked into the boxing match nonetheless by the chance to get back at Renault—in Archie’s estimation, a “square” who regularly screws things up for people like Archie and Emile.... (full context)
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...raffle came to Archie in what he feels was a stroke of genius—he has placed Renault at the mercy of the school, who will be more united than ever as they... (full context)
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...Carter did insist, though, that Archie be made to pull from the box twice—once for Renault, and once for Janza. Now, at the sight of the black box, the bleachers go... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...come, having spent the last three days sick in bed, not wanting either to witness Jerry’s humiliation or be reminded of his own betrayals. Now, huddled in his seat, The Goober... (full context)
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...cardboard box held by Obie and pulls out the first slip of paper. It instructs Renault to hit Janza with a right to the jaw. Jerry and Janza face each other;... (full context)
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Carter pulls out another slip; this one instructs Janza to hit Jerry with a right uppercut to the jaw. Jerry plants himself, and Janza strikes him hard.... (full context)
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...a command for an illegal punch, but Janza, all worked up, is already rearing back. Jerry instinctively deflects the blow, and the crowd goes insane. “Kill ‘im, Janza,” someone screams, and... (full context)
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...control, and looks around for help. Obie is nowhere to be seen; neither is Archie. Jerry is having trouble defending himself, and wishes he could just get one more hit on... (full context)
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Janza begins beating Jerry again. From up in the stands, The Goober counts the blows—fifteen, sixteen, and counting. He... (full context)
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Jerry awakens out of a black, wet darkness to someone calling his name. He can hear... (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 what Jacques is talking about, but Jacques does not let... (full context)
Chapter 39
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...in the bleachers. Obie realizes that this is where the two of them first saw Jerry Renault, the day they selected him for the chocolate assignment. Obie attempts to reprimand Archie,... (full context)
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...aloud that perhaps, the next time, the black box will work—or maybe another kid like Renault will come along. Archie doesn’t answer, and instead asks what happened to the chocolates. Obie... (full context)