Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

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Progress Report 15 Summary

Charlie returns to the lab with Algernon. He has gone over Nemur’s head and received authorization by the Welberg Foundation to head the investigation into Algernon’s reversion. Nemur is furious but has no other option but to aid Charlie in any way he can. If Charlie cannot come up with an explanation, then Nemur’s entire life’s work will have been proved valueless. If Charlie does determine the cause and can correct it, not only Charlie but Nemur and the rest of the crew will benefit.

After examining Algernon, Burt determines that the mouse has lost much of his ability to problem solve. Charlie wonders if the regression is the result of Algernon being away from the lab for so long. Burt works with Algernon to see exactly at what level the mouse is functioning now. Looking around the lab, Charlie notices one door. Asking Burt what it is, he is told that it is the place where “test subjects” (animals) are frozen and then incinerated. Charlie makes Burt promise that if Algernon should die, the mouse will be given to Charlie rather than be put in the incinerator.

The incinerator makes Charlie wonder what...

(The entire section is 390 words.)