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Exposition: Jerry's refusal to sell chocolates at the school chocolate sale.
Rising Action: Jerry's refusal after the first ten days and the Vigils' subsequent punishment of that choice.
Climax: The assembly at which Jerry fights Emile Janza for the chance to get back at everyone who has punished him for his decision not to sell the chocolates.
Falling Action: The ending of the boxing match and Jerry's subsequent realization that it is not worth it to disturb the universe.
Resolution: Jerry has a broken jaw and possibly some internal injuries. As he is waiting for the ambulance he tells his only friend, The Goober, not to disturb the universe—that it is not worth it. The book ends as Archie displays no remorse for the past, and Jerry no hope for the future.
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