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The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier
Jerry Renault Timeline and Summary
Jerry attends football tryout practice and gets roughed up. After he runs into a hippy/flower child/drifter guy, he begins questioning his ordered routine. Jerry looks on, powerlessly, as Brother Leon tortures Gregory Bailey with his words and his teacher pointer. Jerry comes to the conclusion that his father leads a dry, boring life. He vows not to turn out the same way. Jerry is summoned to appear before The Vigils. Shortly thereafter, he completes his assignment, refusing to sell chocolates for ten days. When the ten days are up, Jerry continues to refuse to sell chocolates. Jerry is again summoned to appear before The Vigils. They try to pressure him into selling chocolates, but won't agree. Jerry realizes that some guys on the football team actually want to kill him, or at least hurt him really badly. At home, he starts getting prank calls, and his locker is vandalized. He realizes that somebody is really out to get him. Soon after, Jerry is brutally attacked by Emile Janza and ten other guys. That night, he considers asking his dad to help him, but decides against it. Somebody tries to push him down the stairs at school. Hostilities against him increase. Finally, Jerry attends the raffle/boxing match, tempted by thoughts of revenge, and is brutally beaten by Emile Janza, once again. The fight ends when the stadium lights are turned off. Jerry decides that defiance isn't worth the pain and waits for the ambulance with The Goober.