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The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier
The Chocolate War Chapter 14 Summary
John Sulkey is an ace salesman, and he's making a list of people to sell to, like he does every time there's a sale at Trinity. He loves the recognition and approval he gets for being a good salesman. John is actually happy to see the quota doubled to fifty boxes of chocolate per student. He's planning his strategy as we speak and is sure of his success. Some of the people he sells to are pretty gross, but it's worth it to do the right thing for his school…. Again, we find The Goober in class, listening to Brother Leon call out the names of his classmates. This time, the kids are reporting on the number of boxes sold. The Goober is super tense, waiting for Leon to get to Jerry. When Leon gets to him, Jerry says he hasn't sold any chocolates. When the Goober looks at Leon, he feels like something terrible is going to happen…. Tubs Casper is trying hard to sell as many chocolates as possible. He's already sold three and made six bucks, but that isn't enough. He needs to buy his girlfriend, Rita, a twenty-dollar bracelet, by tonight. She's his first girlfriend, and she loves him, even if she's only fourteen and he's only fifteen. Tomorrow is Rita's birthday and they are having a picnic. She's bringing the food, and he must bring the bracelet. He'll worry about finding a way to get the money back and give it to Leon, later on…. Paul Consalvo isn't having the greatest luck selling chocolates. One lady holding a baby looked at him like he was crazy when he asked her if she wants a box. He doesn't like selling stuff for the school. But, it's better than being at home with his parents, set in their bland, lifeless routines. Still, he has to force himself to sell. Brother Leon has made Brian Cochran treasurer of the chocolate sale. Cochran doesn't want the job, but how can he say no? He doesn't want the job because it means having to spend extra time with creepy Leon. He doesn't want to be on the receiving end of Leon's pointer. Brian wishes he were big and burly instead of glasses-wearing and brainy. As always, Brian notices that the amount of money collected doesn't add up to the number of boxes sold. Some kids borrow money from their collections and make it up at the end. Unfortunately, Leon is being a real stickler this time. He's having Brian collect the money every day. The worst part is when Leon goes over the figures with Brian, his awful breath in Brain's face. Leon is acting strange this year. He showed everybody a report exaggerating the success of the sale so far. The truth is, the sales are behind what they were last year. The job is a bummer, but Brian has Brother Leon for Algebra and doesn't want to screw things up for himself by getting on Leon's bad side. Brian looks at the big fat zero by Jerry Renault's name. He wonders how Jerry has the nerve to go against Leon. Again, we find The Goober in class, waiting for Leon to get to Jerry's name. The suspense is killing him. He doesn't like any kind of conflict. Again, Jerry reports zero sales, and again, Leon's face turns red.
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