Chapter 10 Summary

Alfred’s first week of training is tortuous. One night his arms are so sore that he wakes up moaning, “his arms as heavy as cement sacks, his fingers numb.” Charlene, one of his cousins, is concerned and wants to wake her mother, but Alfred says it was just a bad dream.

The second week is worse. The trainers and the other trainees all yell at him and laugh when the medicine ball knocks him over; he can hardly lift his arms up to his locker after the workouts.

That Sunday, Aunt Pearl takes him to Reverend Price and says he needs guidance; a part of him wants the reverend to make him quit. Price assumes Alfred is in trouble, but is unconcerned when he hears that Alfred is boxing.

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