Leon Calls in a Favor: Chapters 18-24
The black, liquidy substance that causes war in the Middle East is not chocolate. Those things that Jerry refused to sell does cause a war in this novel.
Chapter 18: Goober asks Jerry why in the world he keeps saying no even though the Vigil assignment is over. Jerry doesn't know. He contemplates the useless life of his father who does nothing but sleep and the hippy in the Volkswagen who told him "You're missing a lot of things in the world." (117).
Chapter 19: Jerry wakes up feeling like he has a hangover. He has become a bit of a hero with some of the students who congratulate him on his defiance of Brother Leon. Goober tries to persuade Jerry to sell the chocolates, but Jerry refuses. When pressed for a reason, he replies, "I just can't. I'm committed now." (123). Jerry refuses the chocolates one more time and feels sadness and loneliness.
Chapter 20: Every time Brother Jacques uses the word "environment," every kid in the class jumps up and runs in place. Archie gives Jacques an anonymous tips and the teacher uses the word six times in a fifteen minute period in order to tire the kids out. Obie is furious.
Chapter 21: The chapter begins with two kids talking on the phone about how Jerry's showing them the way by not selling chocolates. The next scene shows something similar. Kids are starting to follow Jerry's lead. Obie and Archie meet in the gymnasium and discuss Renault's refusal to sell chocolates and how it's the same as defying the Vigils.
Chapter 22: Brian Cochran stresses about the low chocolate sales totals. They discuss the cause, Jerry, and Brother Leon thinks of how to get even with the person who has caused it "like a mad scientist plotting revenge in an underground laboratory" (147).
Chapter 23: Goober, feeling guilty about what has happened to Brother Eugene, informs Jerry that he's quitting the football team, claiming, "I'm not giving anything more to Trinity. Not football, not running, not anything." (152). Jerry refuses to sell the chocolates.
Chapter 24: Brother Leon calls Archie, blames him for the slow down in sales, and threatens him. Archie knows that Leon has put the school in some financial difficulty and the chocolate sale will get him out of trouble. Leon reminds Archie that he promised him the support of the Vigils. He recommends the Vigils begin with Jerry Renault.
You know your school has deteriorated when the soon-to-be headmaster calls the leader of a ruthless gang, threatens him, and convinces him to hurt one of the school's students.