What did Peter say he would do rather than take money from Fudge in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing?

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In chapter 8 of Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Peter and Fudge's mother, Mrs. Hatcher, goes to Boston to see her sister, leaving the boys in the care of their father. On Friday, Mr. Hatcher has to take the boys to work with him at the advertising agency. When Mr. Hatcher's secretary, Janet, takes the boys on a tour of the agency, they happen to go into a room in which children are auditioning for a Toddle-Bike commercial. When the president of Toddle-Bike, Mr. Vincent, sees Fudge, he exclaims, "There he is! That's the kid I want!"; however, Peter at first thinks Mr. Vincent is pointing at him. Peter gets jealous when he realizes Mr. Vincent is speaking of Fudge, not him, and when Mr. Hatcher decides to agree to let Fudge do the commercial, Peter asks if Fudge will be paid for the commercial.

Peter then gets even more jealous thinking about how much money Fudge would have in the bank while Peter had nothing. He then pictures himself borrowing money from Fudge, as we see in the following passage:

And some day I'd have to borrow from him. No--wait a minute--never! I'll never borrow money from Fudge. I'll starve first!

As we can see from this passage, Peter is thinking to himself that he would rather starve than ask to borrow money from Fudge.