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The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War

by Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War Chapter 24 Summary

  • Brother Leon has Archie on the phone, and he's telling Archie that there is a big problem with the chocolate sale, and it's Archie's fault. Archie isn't doing a good job of motivating people to sell.
  • Archie thinks about the interesting conversation he had with Brian Cochran earlier today.
  • Brian had eavesdropped on a conversation between Brother Jacques and Brother Leon.
  • Apparently, Jacques is on Leon's case. Apparently, Brother Leon wasn't supposed to buy chocolates with the school's money, and he needs to give it back ASAP.
  • Leon needs to raise $20,000 to cover the money he used. (In Chapter 4 we learn that Leon ordered 20,000 boxes of chocolates. It seems he paid a dollar a box. If all the boxes are sold at two bucks each, there will be a $20,000 profit.)
  • Leon says he thought Archie could deliver, that he could make the sale happen.
  • Archie responds that the sale isn't his responsibility.
  • Leon says that it certainly is. Archie started all the trouble when he gave Jerry the assignment not to sell. Now, Archie is going to have to clean up the mess he created.
  • Archie tells Leon to wait. He goes and gets the accounting sheets Brian gave him. He gets back on the phone and tells Leon that this year's sales don't look much different from last year's. Last year, only half the chocolates sold, and they were half the price. The students just don't like selling chocolates.
  • Leon says he doesn't care. He wants the chocolates sold, and he wants Archie to make sure they are.
  • Archie can begin by forcing Jerry Renault to sell chocolates. And then Archie and The Vigils will make sure everybody else sells too. If not, Leon will make sure that Archie and The Vigils are a thing of the past.
  • Leon hangs up on Archie.

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