Alfred feels guilty about James being arrested and thinks that his life is going nowhere. He kicked the chair across the room. Summary The breakthrough modern sports novel The Contender shows readers the true meaning of being a hero. Alfred pushes his body to the limit by training under him. Not all of it was fat. This quote shows that when you work hard and try to acheive your goals, it makes you a man, and when you finally do achive these goals and are the best, it is an extra reward.
You come on, Alfred, said James, softly. Major decides they should rob the store and James agrees. Donatelli's point from the moment that he first talks with Alfred. When he goes down, the whole building's going to shake, rattle and roll. Johnson and a helper at the gym. Alfred gets up at 5:30 Monday morning and runs through the park part of the training Donatelli outlined to him and then returns to the gym after work. I invited him to come down.
She is a devoted, hard working, and loving woman as evidenced by the many sacrifices she makes not only for her own three children, but for Alfred as well. Whitey been stealing from us for three hundred years. He hung there like a side of beef. While this is all happening, Brooks, the police officer who has become like a father to Sonny, continues to fight to get drugs off the street. He's out on his feet. Aunt Pearl came out on the stoop, her round face damp from the kitchen.
Aunt Pearl would be sitting on the stoop, waving the fan the undertaker gave away at summer funerals. He raised his gloves to his heaving chest and marched toward Sonny, eyes narrowed, lips tight. Another year, he thought, be eighteen, able to drive. Alfred wants to be with James but draws the line when the gang leaves to break into Epsteins' grocery. Only reason po-lice up here to watch out for them white stores. A few days later, after returning from Thanksgiving dinner with some relatives, Alfred sees James huddled in the shadows outside his apartment building; James looks so bad that Alfred hardly recognizes him.
He is beaten up then released into the care of a police officer who works with Jake to train the boy for the ring. Sonny's laugh woke him up. Jake pushed his dark, wrinkled face close. You come on with us, said James. The gym is filled with fighters working out, shadowing boxing, and sparring in the ring. By the end of the novel, after having won his first two matches, and putting up a good show in his third match, Mr.
Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Water dripped into the mop sink, small explosions in the suddenly silent room. He is a good teacher and a disciplinarian. And yet Mike and his friends are not drug addicts or budding juvenile delinquents. The Epsteins are very religious.
Right and wrong are serious matters to him. He also has to come to terms with the idea of what is right and wrong out on the streets as well as in the ring. He is the leader of a group that has some other characters in it by the names of Hollis and Sonny. Corey A jovial dentist who works in his clinic above the gym. He stopped at the mouth of the alley, and took a deep breath. Donatelli lets him fight an older, more experienced boxer. Sonny doesn't want to have anything to do with that.
He runs into Major and the others, who tell him that James has been arrested and blame him for not warning them about the alarm. He's closer to two fifty than two fifteen, thought Sonny. This one turned him around. But he was already off the stoop and moving fast, his sneakers slapping on the sidewalk. On his elbows, he crawled into the cave. Donatelli responds to Alfred's statement that he wants to be a champion.
He is a weak character, as compared to Alfred. One Friday evening Major stops by the gym; he tells Alfred that there will be a party at the clubroom that night and that James, who Alfred knows is out on probation but has not spoken to since he was arrested, will be there. He had forgotten how small it was. It's about how you react when you get really hurt in the ring. Hollis leaned back in the couch.
After Alfred's third fight, Mr. He is seventeen years old and an orphan living his with aunt in Harlem. Throughout the course of the novel, readers see a timid adolescent transcend into a confident, strong character who appears to have found a purpose in life. Although he comes across as harsh, he is a tender, well respected man who has gained respect as a disciplined trainer who cares about the well being of his students both mentally and physically, in and out of the ring. And lastly, Alfred walks him to the hospital, and maybe even to a better life. Ultimately, Alfred will choose whether to flee Harlem or try to work with young people there who face the same problems he faced. During his third fight Alfred fails to throw an easy knockout punch, and Mr.