At the end of chapter 3, Lipsyte has successfully piqued the reader's interest. It is unclear whether Alfred will return to the gym or will stick to the arduous training schedule set forth by Mr. Donatelli. It is unclear how strong Alfred's desire and willpower are and how much they actually motivate his actions. In many ways it is still unclear exactly what prompted Alfred to go to the gym. Perhaps it was the threat of being beaten up by Major, the lack of anything else to do, or perhaps it was Henry's suggestion that he check out the gym. Or, perhaps it is something larger that involves Alfred's goals and desires for changing his station in life.