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In the book The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, how was "The Goober" brave?

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The Goober, whose real name is Roland Goubert, was caught in the vengeance and manipulation of the Virgils the club devoted to destruction and headed by Carter as was Jerry. Jerry is given a Virgils assignment, which is carried through out of fear, that prohibits him from participating in the fund raising chocolate sale for ten days. When the ten days of the prohibitive assignment are up, Jerry continues on course and still refuses to sell chocolates, influenced as he is by a line penned by T.S. Eliot: "Do I dare disturb the universe?" Apparently, Jerry thought he would dare. As a result of this decision against chocolate sales, Jerry is punished and harassed by the Virgils as they try to force him to take up the chocolate sales. They even go so far as to ostracize Jerry so no one will associate with him. No one that is except The Goober. Despite The Goober's fear of the Virgils and despite his cowardice in other respects (e.g., not correcting an error in the report of his chocolate sales), The Goober remains friends with Jerry. This is The Goober's act of bravery: When thinking of another, he is true to himself.

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