Jerry Renault is a freshman at Trinity High School. He's generally a good student and is very active in school. He is the protagonist of the novel The Chocolate War. The kid behind him is his best friend, Goober.
Goober gets an assigned from the school gang, The Vigils. The Vigils, headed by Archie, specialize in making assignments that other students have to complete. Goober's assignment was to unscrew all the furniture in a classroom.
Goober had to break into the school at night to unscrew the furniture but was having trouble with the assignment. When he about to give up members from The Vigils came to help him out. But they also made him promise not to tell anyone.
At school the next day, all the chairs and desks were dismantled and the room was chaos. Brother Eugene was so shocked and got emotionally unstable. Goober felt very uncomfortable and guilty for letting this happen to him.
Goober feels extremely guilty for letting Brother Eugene go through such a traumatic event. Other kids in the school have been giving Goober high-fives and pats on the back. This only makes him feel worse and hates the power The Vigils have over him.
Archie and Brother Leon have a conversation about the upcoming chocolate sale. Brother Leon tells Archie that the school must sell 20,000 boxes. Leon refers to the massive profit the school could make if each boy sold fifty boxes. He tells Archie that he has an "influence" and implies that The Vigils should help with the sale.