Here we learn that a small town has been taken over by one of the many Nazi groups during World War Two . Mr. Corell ? The town good guy?, the way I view it, sent the town postmen and policemen on a boating trip , keeping them from the invasion (we learn later that ?The town good guy? is really a back-stabber later in the book). After the invasion, the Nazis request a meeting with the town?s Mayor, Mayor Orden.
Joseph and Doctor Winter, two of Mayor Orden?s colleagues, await the arrival of Nazis too. The two meet Captain Bentick, a rank lower than Colonel Lanser who is the one who had requested the meeting. Bentick searches the home. During the meeting Annie, Mayor Orden?s cook, becomes very aggravated by the soldiers who wait outside the front porch of the Mayor?s home, and throws a pot of boiling water at them.
In this chapter, Steinbeck explains the characteristics of each of the Nazis. Major Hunter, an engineer, ?arithmatician?, and seemingly indifferent to the fact that he is a soldier. Captain Bentick, a family man , was old and kind. Bentick also has certain admiration to the English. Captain Loft, a young man, took much pride in the fact that he was a soldier. He dreams of his own death on the battlefield, where he is respected. ? Lieutenants Prackle and Tonder were snot noses, undergraduates, lieutenants, trained in the politics of the day? (Quoted out of the book; there seemed to be no sense putting it in my own words since it was right there, and couldn?t have been worded any better). Colonel Lanser takes much pride in what he does. To me, he sees life as an order given by a higher rank that must be taken out. It is also in this chapter that Captain Bentick dies by one Alexander Morden , a town dweller .
The chapter begins with a discussion between Annie and Joseph, who are talking about Alexander Morden and the death of Captain Bentick. Joseph reveals to Annie what he surely thinks will happen... ?They?ll shoot him?. Annie is rejecting the awful thought. Unfortunately it is true and Alex will be tried. Molly Morden, Alex?s wife, met with the Mayor because of a rumor that had been circulating in the town. ?You wouldn?t convict Alex would you??, the replies, ?No?. To the Mayor?s anger he found that he did have to sentence Alex to death; luckily he managed to shirk the awful duty.
This Chapter is very brief, it simply goes into Alex?s trial, where he IS convicted, and shot in a public area. Because of Alex?s death, the Mayor requests Annie to keep Molly company in her time of Mourning.
This snow begins to stick, and the Nazis begin a friendly discussion that turns into a bitter argument of being home for Christmas and when the war will end.
The chapter begins with a description of the town. The streets are quiet, lights are turned out, and fear is about. Annie arrives to the home of Molly to keep her company and to catch her up on current events. Mayor Orden will be arriving to her home soon to speak to her and the Anders? will be leaving that very night. When she left, minutes later, Molly heard a knock at the door. She thought of Annie and what she could?ve left behind or forgotten, but it was Lieutenant Tonder. Molly turned straight to her own defense by asking who he was and what he wanted. Tonder explained his feelings toward Molly, and Molly although seemingly flattered, she became bitter because of the death of her husband. She calms down and apologizes for her behavior. She then begins talking about her husband and how he was killed. She then tells him that he was the one who was told to publicly execute him. When Tonder remembers, he becomes crushed because he realizes the is no chance for the two of them to remain friends even though their relationship had only lasted minutes. Tonder leaves and Annie enters. ?You haven?t joined them have you?? Molly replies, ?No Annie, I haven?t?. With Annie come the Anders brothers and the Mayor. The two brothers tell Molly how they plan to flee and who they will take with them. ?We?re also taking Mr.