Charlie Gordon is 37 years old. Dr. Nemur and Dr. Strauss argued, but after Dr. Strauss tested Charlie they decided they would use him for artificially increased intelligence. He got really excited because he might have a chance to be smart. Miss Kinnian, his caretaker, recommended him (to be tested) because she thinks Charlie has worked really hard and that he deserves it most of all. "She said dont be scared Charlie you done so much with so little I think you deserv it most of all."
The surgery makes his caretaker, Miss Kinnian, weary of Charlie because she doesn't want him to change. Dr.Strauss decided to send Charlie back to his workplace. Joe, Frank, and his other co-workers make fun of him by saying "you really pulled a Charlie Gordon" while Charlie just thinks they're having fun together. The doctors continue to test Charlie by leaving the TV on overnight and by racing Algernon while Miss Kinnian teaches him how to write.
Charlie and Algernon would race in a maze every now and then . Before Charlie had the surgery and some days after he couldn't beat him in the races, but after a couple of weeks he'd be able to beat Algernon almost every time. After that, he catches on pretty quick on everything he learns. "I beat Algernon!... I beat him 8 more times." "Today, I lerned, the comma,... What a dope I am!... I read the grammar book last night and it explanes the whole thing... I got up in the middle of the night and the whole thing straightened in my mind."
Charlie asked Miss Kinnian out to a dinner. He realized as he got smarter how much he actually liked her. It's the first time in the book Charlie gets compared to Algernon. "How could that be? It worked, didn't it? Even Algernon is still smart... The thought of leaving her behind made me sad." Charlie also realizes how much smarter he is than both the doctors(and probably the world) and is bothered that he knows more than them. "How was I to know.. Nemur was unacquainted with Hindustani and Chinese? It's absurd..."
Charlie noticed the spectacle made by the dishwasher. He dropped dishes and people were laughing and making fun of him. As soon as he found out he wouldn't be in trouble, he smiled along with the people who made fun of him and he didn't realize they were making fun of him because he was mentally retarded. Charlie had been laughing along but after he found out why he messed up, he decided that this has to stop. He told off the people at the restaurant and made a promise to himself to work in the field of increasing human intelligence for people who were mentally disabled. "I have decided to use my knowledge and skills to work in the field of increasing human intelligence levels... These are my people. Let me use my gift to do something for them."