Hope Was Here - Chapters 13 and 14 Summary & Analysis

Joan Bauer
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Chapters 13 and 14 Summary

Chapter 13

Arriving late back at the diner, Hope learned that Braverman was beaten up. He would be okay but he had a gash over his eye and two broken ribs. It probably wasn't a coincidence that Deputy Babcock had the day off. The next day Hope ran into G. T. when she stopped by to see Braverman. G. T. was very upset over the incident. Inside, Braverman's little sisters teased her about being "Eddie's" girlfriend. Braverman emerged from a room. He had a large bandage over his eye. Three guys had beat him up. They were wearing ski masks. Two held him down while the other guy beat him. They told him to shut up about the campaign. He told Hope that if he could have gotten free he felt like he might have killed them. Hope agreed to take Braverman to the Methodist church picnic where Millstone was speaking on Saturday.

When word of the beating got around, more students volunteered for G. T.'s campaign. G. T. publicly called for Deputy Babcock to take over the investigation. He didn't trust Sheriff Greebs to handle it. Braverman wrote an editorial about the incident, calling out his assailants as cowards and supporters of the Mayor. When Braverman entered the tent where the mayor was speaking at the church, the kids started chanting "Tell the truth" so loud and incessantly that the mayor stormed out. Deputy Babcock found out that the "salad" mouse was a plant and that the woman had been paid to pull off the stunt. G. T. tried to help Addie in the kitchen but it didn't go well. Hope told G. T. that the only way to get along with Addie in the kitchen was to let her have full reign.

Hope brought G. T. some of Addie's chicken soup. His fever had risen and his doctor told him to rest and take it easy but he was anxious to get back on the campaign trail. Hope was worried. Losing G. T. would be the worst thing that could happen.

Chapter 14

G. T. was still weak but insisted on doing some interviews. He welcomed all the questions, even those about his illness. Hope was doing her best to try to get Anastasia to drink her bottle but was having very little luck. She kept trying and finally the baby started sucking on her bottle and actually holding it. A tearful Lou Ellen looked on with gratitude. Addie gave Hope some news that disturbed her. Deena, her mother, was driving up from St. Louis for a visit.

A reporter interviewed Hope about G. T. She told him that she supported G. T. because he was honest and wanted to make things better. The reporter asked her how she would feel if he dies. She'd be sad, of course, but he would leave an example for everyone that no matter who you are and what your circumstances are, you can make life better for others.

Hope told Braverman that her mother was visiting. He understood her mixed feelings. He felt the same way when his father visited him not long ago. Hope told Braverman that her given name was actually Tulip. Braverman couldn't stop laughing. Finally, she began laugh, too, suddenly finding it very funny. Braverman put his cap on and headed to the door. He bowed to her before he left and told her that Hope was the perfect name for her. Her heart did a flip-flop.

Chapters 13 and 14 Analysis

Chapter 13

Hope's real feelings are revealed when Braverman is beaten up. She also learns that Braverman must have been talking about her at home since the little sisters tease her about being Eddie's girlfriend. Hope is still unsure about her feelings for Braverman and vice versa. Braverman wishes he would have been able to get some swings in when he got beat but two guys were holding him down. He is undeterred and wants to go a public meeting and confront the mayor. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that his name has the words "brave" and "man" in it. Hope is also growing close to G. T. She is a strong person and has gone through a lot of loss but losing G. T. who has been so kind to her would be very tough for her.

Chapter 14

Hope is trying to get Anastasia to eat more. She feels connected to the baby and feels that Anastasia has a good chance to pull through because she, unlike Hope, has a mother who really cares for her. Hope is faced with a visit from her mother which she is not looking forward to. She would rather see her father show up somehow. He is a mystery to her. She fantasizes that he would have been a good father and caring father. She knows her mother hasn't been a good mother. She fantasizes about having at least one good parent.

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