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Archie berates Janza for what he did to Jerry—Archie says it was not supposed to involve a gang of kids. Janza says that being beaten up by a gang of kids is more psychologically damaging. Archie asks if Janza used the "queer pitch" on Jerry, and Janza says it worked perfectly. Archie tells Janza to cool it, and that he will have his chance to finish up later. Janza asks again about the picture and Archie says: "Suppose I told you there was no picture. Emil? That there was no film in the camera that day ." Janza is relieved, but is not quite sure that he can believe it. Janza wonders if he will become part of The Vigils.
Jerry realizes that he has become invisible. No one looks at him, talks to him, or even acknowledges his existence. Jerry smiles at a classmate who simply stares at him, past him, through him. When Jerry opens his locker he finds the mess and everything else gone. Even the teachers seem to ignore him. Jerry becomes almost grateful for the respite. He looks for Goober, because he knows that Goober will talk to him, but Goober is not in school. After his last class, as he goes down the stairs he is pushed from behind. He grabs the railing and prevents himself from falling, and hears laughter behind him.
Brian Cochran tells Brother Leon that they have all the returns from the chocolates but that Jerry still has not sold any chocolates and they are exactly fifty boxes short. Brian says that they have never sold all the boxes before, nor have they ever collected the exact amount owed from the chocolates. Leon is not concerned with the details. Obie has Jerry's fifty boxes. Archie tells him that they will be having a special assembly tomorrow, and to make sure the entire student body comes to the athletic field for the assembly. Archie tells Obie that he is going to make Jerry raffle off his chocolates.
The stadium is filling up, and students are buying raffle tickets. The Vigils put an old boxing ring in the stadium that afternoon. Jerry and Janza stand in the ring and Archie marvels at the ease with which he was able to talk Janza and Jerry into doing this. Archie had called Jerry and asked him if he wanted to get even for the chocolates. Archie told Jerry that he could fight Janza in the ring in a boxing match, and that after the fight everything would be all over. Jerry knows he was wrong to agree to come and knows that Archie has beaten him again. Archie tells Jerry and Janza the rules, and although Jerry is shocked and scared, Janza agrees. The stadium is full and neither can back out now.
Archie looks at one of the raffle tickets. It says: "Janza/Right to Jaw/Jimmy Demers." Jerry and Janza have to fight according to the tickets. Carter is blown away by the success of the plan, and considers putting down Jerry for a hit in his own raffle ticket, but at the last minute changes his mind. Archie tells Carter that this plan works because "people are two things: greedy and cruel." Brian Cochran reports to Archie that all of the tickets have been sold.
Carter stands in the ring and Archie ready to begin when Obie comes forward with the black box. Archie is shocked, but in front of the school, most of whom know about the black box, he cannot refuse. Archie is furious, but acts calm and cool in front of the other students. Archie decides to get the process over with as quickly as possible, so that the students cannot really tell what is happening. Archie reaches out quickly and grabs a white marble. Obie wants to slow it down, make Archie nervous, but he cannot. Archie reaches out again and grabs the second marble, holding it out in his hand. He waits, takes a dramatic pause, smiles and opens his hand to reveal a second white marble.
That's my favorite quote from the book and it makes Jerry realize that individuality isn't very meritorious because of the people of the world who will aim to bring you down. This was perfect.
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Be very clear. There is a mistake. It was David Caroni who was blackmailed by Brother Leon into exposing the Vigils as the reason why Jerry did not sell chocolates. It was NOT Brian Cochran.
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If there's anything that's been annoying me horribly, is the question of why Jerry and Obie never report the bullying? Did Cormier himself, think that asking authority for help was for pansies; Or am I missing the whole pointlessness of this stupid and dismal story. Yeah, I understand that not everyone would like you in life, but why did He (the writer) have to be so sadistic? I got help when I was bullied, and everything was fine. I guess I just never got a pleasurable rise out of this guy's work. (And I read this twice in my life, plus wat... Read more→
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