Hope Was Here - Chapters 9 and 10 Summary & Analysis

Joan Bauer
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Chapters 9 and 10 Summary

Chapter 9

At the Election Board, G. T., Sid, Braverman, Adam and Hope were disappointed when the official told them that the addresses were wrong on the signatures of fifty-five voters. At first, she refused to give G. T. more time but Pastor Hall appealed to her faith—reminding her that He always gives a second chance. The official reluctantly gave G. T. a new deadline of five o'clock that evening to correct the errors. Everyone ran out to get to work. Sid yelled at everyone to get extra signatures.

Hope went alone to the parking lot of the Farmer's Market in search of signatures. Two young men, who appeared to be full of beer, began to tease and taunt her. She tried to evade them but one of them grabbed her. She yelled for help. Deputy Babcock was nearby and made the boys back off. The two men, the Carbinger brothers, made the mistake of treating Babcock with disrespect. She returned the favor by arresting them for assaulting Hope. Hope was a little shaken. An old woman, Mrs. Pettibone, gave her a daylily and told her to put it in water and watch it grow.

That evening, Adam ran into the diner and announced that G. T. was on the ballot. Mayor Millstone stopped by with a photographer who took a picture of him and G. T. shaking hands. Millstone made a comment about G. T.'s health. G. T. asked him if his relationship with the dairy owner had compromised the interests of the town. The mayor turned to the diners and assured them he was always on their side. One woman asked when he would release the names of his campaign contributors. He told her to to contact his office. She responded that she had called his office but no one would return her call. He left without responding.

Chapter 10

Lou Ellen's baby, Anastasia, was lying in a playpen in a back office that Adam had set up as campaign headquarters. The baby wasn't playing with her toys or moving about very much. The doctor told Lou Ellen that Anastasia had developmental problems. Everyone offered to help Lou Ellen watch the baby during her shift. G. T. was giving speeches at various gatherings. Sid wanted to write speeches for him but G. T. preferred to just talk and trusted that the right words would come out which caused Sid's ulcer to flare up. Sid was worried about future elections but G. T. said he probably wouldn't be around for them. Sid told him to he had to at least give the air of permanence.

Hope was flooded with memories when she received a long letter from two of her New York friends. She responded to the letter updating them on her new life. But it was hard for her to write the letter because she'd probably never see again. Sid told the campaign to get out and spread the word to vote for G. T. Addie assured Hope that she'd vote for G. T. but she was a little irritated at the way he was neglecting his health.

Jillian, another high school student, created a website for the campaign. Jillian embarrassed Hope a little when she mentioned that she and Braverman would be a perfect couple. Braverman's last girlfriend dumped him before she went off to college. Hope responded that she didn't date people she worked with—especially the cook. But Jillian had struck a chord—Hope was having romantic thoughts about him. Jillian told her that Braverman had been editor of the high school newspaper and was going to major in journalism. But his father left and his mother got sick. He had to put off college and help his mother and sisters. Jillian told Hope that Braverman had a crush on her.

Chapters 9 and 10 Analysis

Chapter 9

The real spin doctor turns out to be Pastor Hall. He appeals to the faith of the Election Board official to allow more time for G. T. to get the required amount of registered voter signatures. Hope finds that she has many friends in the new town when Deputy Babcock rescues her from two potential assailants. Mayor Millstone is showing his true colors. He tries to show that he welcomes G. T.'s challenge for the mayoral position but he soon loses his composure and strikes a low blow when he brings up G. T.'s health problems.

Chapter 10

The spirit of small-town closeness is apparent when everyone offers to help Lou Ellen with her baby. Hope still clings to her friends in New York. Although she is happy to receive a letter from them, it hurts because she knows from past experience that she'll probably never see them again. The relationship between Braverman and Hope is beginning to develop thanks to the intercession of Jillian. Hope realizes she has a lot in common with Braverman whose father abandoned him and his family. Braverman is a selfless person who put off his own personal goals of becoming a journalist to stay and tend to his sick mother and help take care of his younger sisters.

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