Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

While Claudia saves money every week for her grand escape, Jamie has been saving money to buy a transistor radio (which he succeeds in doing), and he has savings leftover. Jamie has saved money by playing the card game War with his friend Bruce for money. Each day on the...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

While Claudia saves money every week for her grand escape, Jamie has been saving money to buy a transistor radio (which he succeeds in doing), and he has savings leftover. Jamie has saved money by playing the card game War with his friend Bruce for money. Each day on the bus ride home from school, Jamie and Bruce play an ongoing game of War, which involves breaking a deck of cards into two piles and flipping over a card from each deck. Whoever has the higher card, wins. At the end of each day, Bruce and Jamie split and agree not to shuffle their cards. Each winning card is worth .02, and each ace is worth .05. Jamie has been doing this for long enough to purchase the transistor radio, as well as to save $24.43, and this is perhaps the main reason that Claudia has selected him to accompany her on her adventure.

When Claudia and Jamie are low on cash while hiding in the Met, Jamie considers playing the guards at War for money, but Claudia tells him that this idea is ridiculous, because the guards will certainly remember him if they are playing him at War. It is while musing on this plan that Jamie admits how he has beaten Bruce often enough to save that much money; he has been cheating. He says that Bruce has trouble remembering which cards are higher, and Jamie has been able to beat him at War for over a year.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team