Hope Was Here - Chapters 17 and 18 Summary & Analysis

Joan Bauer
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Chapters 17 and 18 Summary

Chapter 17

It was time for Hope to start school, something she wasn't looking forward to. The summer, the campaigning and working at the diner had been fun and exciting. She was doing fine at school but she would rather be working full time with Braverman instead of just after school and on the weekends.

There was a lot of good things happening in town. Anastasia was holding onto her bottle now. The doctor told G. T. he was in remission. When G. T. told Addie, she started crying. He stunned her by proposing to her. Deputy Babcock arrested the Carbinger brothers for the recent burglaries. They were the same men who tried to assault Hope. Babcock got the Carbingers released on a plea deal in exchange for what they knew. They told Babcock that they were paid by the Real Fresh Dairy to try to scare people out of voting for G. T. They claimed the sheriff was paid off himself. Even though Cranston Broom and the sheriff denied everything, no one believed them. The polling began to show G. T. pulling ahead of the mayor by seven points.

G. T. pressed Addie to get married right away. Hope was excited. He'd be sort of like her father. But what if he didn't want to think of her as his daughter? The mayor began a series of damaging radio ads, claiming that G. T.'s leukemia had spread to his brain. It was a lie, but it spread all over town. Hope and Braverman and the others tried their best to refute it. They visited voters and called them on the phone. Sid told him to strike back in the same way but G. T. said that wasn't his style. The polls indicated that the race was a tie right before the election.

Election day came. It was a long day. The polls stayed open until 9 pm. Word came after 11 o'clock. G. T. had lost by 114 votes.

Chapter 18

Everyone was sad about the election outcome. Adam was bitter, certain that Millstone had stolen the election. The results of an investigation into the election indicated that there was no election tampering. G. T. was not bitter. He thanked everyone for their help. He gave a special thanks to Hope for the inner strength she provided. G. T. was congratulated for his part in helping to turn out the largest number of voters in the history of mayoral elections in the town.

Hope was gratified to see that Mr. Woldenburg and his wife voted. She had encouraged him to vote, even though he said that they never do. She ran into him in the grocery store. They discussed the election. She told him she was proud of him and his wife for voting even if he didn't vote for G. T. He was stunned. He told her neither he or his wife voted. But, she told him, his name was on the voting records as though he had. He told her it was a fraudulent record. She asked him to tell his story to the Election Board.

The Election Board launched an investigation. They discovered that one-hundred and twenty people listed as having voted swore they had not. Adam organized student protests and a vigil outside town hall. Finally facing the inevitable, Millstone resigned as mayor. On January 12th, G. T. was sworn in as Mulhoney's new mayor.

Chapters 17 and 18 Analysis

Chapter 17

Just when everything is going well - Anastasia began drinking her milk, G. T. was officially in remission, the burglars were arrested and confirmed the corruption, Hope and Braverman were dating and G. T. and Addie were getting married - G. T. loses the election, disappointing all his friends and supporters. Perhaps things will turn around if Hope and Braverman and the others can prove there was corruption. The spirit of the people has been dampened but not defeated. There are some very strong, assertive people who will not rest until this wrong is righted. But even if G. T. did actually lose the election, the important things in life are working out. The baby's health is improved and romance is on the rise in Mulhoney.

Chapter 18

Hope learned that nice guys don't always finish first, initially anyway. She also learned that by believing in something and working hard for it, things can turn out right. She encouraged a man that never voted to vote. Had she not cared that Mr. Woldenburg never voted, she would have never remembered his name and therefore the corruption and voter fraud would have never surfaced. She saw what the power of belief in values and goodness can produce.

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