Chapter 8 Summary
Colonel Graff has ordered Major Anderson, who runs the games the boys play at Battle School, to brainstorm ways to make battles unfair. Anderson protests, saying the game will be ruined for all the boys if the teachers rig the battles. Graff insists, saying they need to give Ender the hardest possible challenges in order to bring out the boy’s genius.
Ender finds himself a part of Rat Army, with a boy called Rose the Nose as his new commander. Ender reports directly to Dink Meeker, who is a subofficer called a toon leader. Ender is still practicing on his own with launchies every day. Rose the Nose orders Ender to stop, but Dink says Ender should continue.
Ender follows Dink’s advice, and Rose the Nose is upset. Upon learning that Ender disobeyed Bonzo as well, Rose grows even more furious. At Ender’s first battle as a soldier for Rat Army, Rose orders Ender into the battleroom first. This move is calculated to get Ender frozen quickly, but it does not work. Ender employs some strategies he has been working on with his launchies; he retains his status as the number one soldier in the school.
One afternoon Dink confesses privately that he hates being manipulated by the teachers at Battle School. He loves the game but he has twice refused to accept promotions to commander. Dink believes the bugger threat no longer exists. He thinks the teachers are really training the Battle School students for wars on Earth. Ender disagrees, but he shares Dink’s attitude that the teachers are enemies.
Ender’s next evening practice session has far fewer attendees than usual. Several jealous commanders have threatened to hurt any launchy who works with Ender. Alai, Shen, and a few other...
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