The Chocolate War
How we cite our quotes:
You couldn't ever win an argument with Archie. He was too quick with his words. (2.9)
Like Brother Leon, Archie uses his verbal prowess to manipulate those around him.
"Are you perfect, Bailey? All those As – that implies perfection. Is that the answer, Bailey?" (6.36)
Don't you hate it when people ask you a question that you can't answer without incriminating yourself? This is what's called a "loaded question." It's used to manipulate, rather than to engage in meaningful debate.
You could take a kid's lunch money and nothing usually happened because most kids wanted peace at any price. (7.7)
Emile uses his knowledge of basic human nature to manipulate those around him. Do you know any people like that? Essentially, he makes people pay him money to leave them alone. This is a basic bullying technique.