Hope Was Here - Chapters 19 and 20 Summary & Analysis

Joan Bauer
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Chapters 19 and 20 Summary

Chapter 19

The first thing G. T. did as mayor was appoint Brenda Babcock as sheriff. Ex-sheriff Greebs was being charged with multiple counts of corruption. The second thing he did was fine Real Fresh Dairy for the back taxes he owed. The third thing he did was marry Addie. Typical of Addie, she was more concerned about the food for the reception than she was about her wedding dress. Hope finally dragged her to the dress shop and made her decide on a dress. The mayor and his First Lady took a quick honeymoon trip to Milwaukee, where Addie said the food was only "passable." Soon after they, returned G. T. told Hope he'd like to adopt her.

Hope got out all her "Dads" scrapbooks and showed G. T. everything about her life: Photos, report cards, menus of places she and Addie had worked, the first dollar she earned. She wanted him to know everything and told him that she had been keeping the scrapbooks for her father. G. T. was very happy that she had done all this for him. Hope had been keeping the scrapbooks for G. T. all these years, she just didn't know it. G. T. grafted the branches of two small trees together and told her that it represented their new father-daughter relationship.

Hope was more than thrilled with her new father but in the back of her mind there was always worry about his illness. She knew it could return. Addie told Hope that they were going to have as many good times with G. T. as they could and that they needed to appreciate him while they had him. Hope took her advice and enjoyed the time with her new father.

G. T. re-opened the tax assessor's office. He appointed Adam Pulver head of Students for Community Involvement and held regular town meetings. Sheriff Babcock brought a new honesty and integrity to the office. The Real Fresh Dairy paid their back taxes which G. T. used to help the poor. He opened up a new day care center where Anastasia was flourishing. Hope and Braverman and some of their friends helped make the city better. They fixed fences, mowed grass and painted houses. Everyone had learned a lot from G. T.

Chapter 20

The summer after Hope graduated, G. T. began to slip. Hope had been accepted at Michigan State. Braverman received a scholarship from the town and would be going to the University of Wisconsin. The doctor did not think G. T. would pull out of his downward spiral. Addie and Hope would take turns sitting by his bedside. Hope would leave the room if she couldn't stop her tears. Hope read a letter to G. T. that she had written to Gleason Beal, the man who had run out on Addie and Hope, stole all the money and made the restaurant close down. In the letter, which she never mailed, she told Beal how he had stolen not only their money but her trust in people. She had always hoped that when she found her father he would straighten Beal out. G. T. told her once she puts her anger behind her it will disappear. He was grateful for Beal's actions. He would have never met his new wife and daughter had he not closed the restaurant down. G. T. died the next day.

Chapters 19 and 20 Analysis

Chapter 19

Hope finally found her father. She had been looking for him and preparing for him her whole life. She didn't realize that she had met him when she and Addie pulled up to the small Milwaukee town that she considered a real drag after living in New York City. G. T. was the force for good not only in Addie's and Hope's life, but for the entire city. Although his time is limited, he is making every minute count. Rather than feel sad about G. T. not being around long, Addie tells Hope not to waste time worrying about the future. She has him now, so she should enjoy him and make the memories that will never die. G. T. taught Hope another lesson which was to remember those who had helped you in your goals. G. T. was as grateful to his supporters when he thought he lost as he was when he found out he had won the election.

Chapter 20

Even in his dying days, G. T. was still teaching and inspiring Hope. The anger she had would only hurt her. She should let go of it. And he taught her that things work out the way they are meant to. Had the man not stolen the money and caused the New York restaurant to close down, he would have never met Addie and would have never met the only child he could call his own. Although Hope will face heartbreak over losing her father, she has nothing but good memories of him. His gentle ways and values will remain an inspiration to Hope throughout her life.

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