"My name is Jerry Renault and I'm not going to sell the chocolates," he said to the empty apartment. The word and his voice sounded strong and noble.

This statement in Chapter 26 reflects Jerry's strongest moment in the entire book. He has just gotten off the phone with a girl he had seen at the bus stop. Even though the phone call did not go particularly well, he is proud of the fact that he was able to summon the nerve to call her. He becomes proud of the fact that he is resisting the chocolates, and understands and appreciates the fact that the refusal has begun to define who he is. Unlike at the end of the book, here Jerry is cognizant and proud of disturbing the universe.