Jerry feels horrible the next morning. On the bus, he feels like a carsick child.
Somebody sits next to him and congratulates him for standing up to Leon.
Jerry sees that the situation is more serious than he thought.
The random kid tells Jerry how much he despises selling things for school. Even at his old school kids were constantly forced to do sales.
He tells Jerry that he never even considered refusing to do it. Until now.
Jerry blows the guy off, feeling like he's not the hero the guy thinks he is, dreading facing Leon again at roll call.
The Goober is waiting for Jerry, and he wants to have a talk. He wants to know why Jerry is still refusing the chocolates, but Jerry doesn't have any answers.
The Goober warns him that this is serious business.
Jerry tells him he's making too big a deal about it. He's just one kid in four hundred. How much could he matter?
The Goober says that Leon doesn't see things that way. He'll make Jerry pay.
As Jerry goes toward class, some of the kids tell him to keep up the good work.
The Goober begs him to accept the chocolates today. But Jerry says he won't do it. Now, he's taken a stand. He has to see it through to the end.
They make a quick detour to Jerry's locker. Jerry looks at the poster he has tacked up. It shows a man walking alone on a beach at night. Only one star is visible. The caption says, "Do I dare disturb the universe?" (19.38). It's a quote from T.S. Eliot, the man who wrote The Waste Land, which he had to read for class.