Chapter 5 Summary

Doug essentially shuts down in the aftermath of his humiliation. He stops trying in school and gets in constant fights. In PE class, he decides to run the cross-country course while the rest of the class does the Wrestling Unit, and Coach Reed sees him but does not stop him. Doug does not even go to the library anymore to continue his drawing lessons; the only activity he continues with is his delivery job, because his father demands the money.

The last thing Doug wants to do on the last Saturday in October is attend the Annual Ballard Paper Mill Employee Picnic, but even though his father constantly bad-mouths both his boss and the event, he makes the family go because he and Ernie Eco want to win the Trivia...

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