Chapter 3 Summary
Two voices discuss Ender’s sister. One says Valentine is a problem because Ender loves her and may not want to leave her behind. The other speaker seems confident that Ender can be tricked into leaving home. If tricks do not work, the second speaker says, it is always possible to tell Ender the truth.
At breakfast, Ender cannot eat. He worries about facing Stilson and Stilson’s friends at school. Around him, his family bickers good-naturedly. Suddenly the table beeps, signaling that someone is at the door.
Ender’s father checks the door’s video surveillance and sees a member of the International Fleet waiting outside. “I thought it was over,” Father says.
The man from the fleet tells Ender that Stilson is in the hospital. He asks if Ender enjoyed kicking Stilson when he was down. Ender says that he did not. He explains that he had to hurt Stilson badly to stop future bullying. “You took away the monitor,” Ender says. “I had to take care of myself, didn’t I?”
Father argues with Ender’s reasoning, saying he should have asked an adult for help. The fleet officer ignores this and introduces himself as Colonel Graff. Graff explains that he needed to see what Ender would do after the monitor came off to see what kind of person he is. He offers Ender a place at Battle School.
Mother is appalled that Graff wants to reward Ender for putting another boy in the hospital. Graff says he does not care about what Ender did; he just had to know why Ender did it.
Mother and Father do not have any choice but to let Ender go to Battle School. When Ender was conceived, they signed a form stating their willingness to let him go. If they had not done so, the government would never have allowed Ender to be born. Ender, however, has a choice.
Ender considers his options. He does not want to leave his parents or his sister, and he does not like fighting. The idea of becoming a soldier does not appeal to him. However, he worries that Peter might try to kill him if he stays.
Speaking to Ender alone, Colonel Graff explains that if Ender goes to Battle School, he will be away a long time. Ender and Valentine will no longer know each other when Ender returns, and this will be sad because the two kids love each other. However, Colonel Graff also says that Ender’s...
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