The Chocolate War

by

Robert Cormier

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The secretary of the Vigils and Archie Costello’s archenemy. Despite his hatred of Archie, Obie knows that Archie’s reign is uncontestable, and so he seeks to challenge him in small ways—such as calling him a “bastard” repeatedly and humiliating him towards the end of the novel by forcing Archie to confront his greatest (and perhaps only) fear, the Black Box, in front of the entire school.

Obie Quotes in The Chocolate War

The The Chocolate War quotes below are all either spoken by Obie or refer to Obie. 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Obie Character Timeline in The Chocolate War

The timeline below shows where the character Obie appears in The Chocolate War. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
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Up in the stands, Obie watches football tryouts and feels painfully bored. He is always tired lately—and most of all,... (full context)
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Archie gives Obie the name of one of the boys below, and Obie writes it down. Obie asks... (full context)
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Obie reflects on the lengths he and the other students go to stay on Archie’s good... (full context)
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 Archie tells Obie that they only need to collect two more names. Obie is surprised they are scouting... (full context)
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Archie calls out “The Goober,” and Obie writes down “Roland Goubert.” Archie notes the assignment as “Brother Eugene’s room.” Obie is excited—he... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...does not know that “environment” is the trigger word for the large-scale Vigils prank; but Obie, who is a member of the class, of course does. Obie’s own special assignment is... (full context)
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...word, and is torturing his students playfully without acknowledging that he is any the wiser. Obie wonders if Jacques has figured it out on his own, or whether Archie tipped him... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Back at school, Archie waits in the stinking gymnasium for a meeting with Obie. Obie knows that Archie hates the gym and always finds ways to get out of... (full context)
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Obie points out that the student body, seeing clearly the clash between Jerry and Brother Leon,... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...says he simply doesn’t want to sell the chocolates. Archie laughs at this, and asks Obie if Obie wants to come to school each day. Obie says he does not. Archie... (full context)
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At the use of the word “asking,” Obie observes that Archie seems desperate, and even scared. He feels as if he has won... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...the chocolate sale, and for letting Jerry Renault get away with defying them. Carter asks Obie to show the group what he found on a bulletin board this morning. Obie holds... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Elsewhere in the school, Archie asks Obie if Obie has set the fifty boxes aside—Obie says he has, and asks what they’re... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Even Obie has to admit that Archie has pulled something amazing off. Obie looks at Jerry in... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...gestures for silence. Archie is ready to begin the “raffle,” but is shocked to see Obie walking onto the platform, carrying the black box in his hands. (full context)
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Obie smiles maliciously, thrilled to have caught Archie off-guard. He feels that in surprising Archie, he... (full context)
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Obie wanted to try and fix the results, filling the box with black marbles, but Carter... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Carter reaches into a cardboard box held by Obie and pulls out the first slip of paper. It instructs Renault to hit Janza with... (full context)
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Carter realizes things are out of control, and looks around for help. Obie is nowhere to be seen; neither is Archie. Jerry is having trouble defending himself, and... (full context)
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Just before the lights went out, Obie had turned away from the platform, unable to bear the sight of blood. Looking away... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...are empty—Brother Jacques and a few other teachers have chased everyone away. The Goober and Obie have called for a doctor, and The Goober assures Jerry that everything will be okay,... (full context)
Chapter 39
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Archie and Obie are sitting in the bleachers. Obie realizes that this is where the two of them... (full context)
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Archie tells Obie that he’s going to forget what he and Carter did earlier with the black box.... (full context)