Weight of Choice
Chapter Draft We All Fall Down
This seven-page draft of a section of We All Fall Down includes many pencil edits. The draft opens with the scene at the mall and the remarks on the crowds. Lines about teenagers and older people are crossed out. The piece continues with the Avenger considering where the Trashers will be found, and patrolling the mall in search of them. Then, the Avenger spots Jane and shares his memories/fantasies of her. Pencil edits make more clear how thinking about Jane makes the Avenger feel relieved and sad. The draft closes with the Avenger's determined thoughts of enacting justice.
Troyia Collis's letter to Robert Cormier
In this letter, Troyia writes to Robert Cormier to ask about the title of the novel, Tunes for Bears to Dance To. She also asks about his thoughts on prejudice. Further, she reflects on the personal strength needed for a young boy to refuse the offer Mr. Hairston poses. Henry seems both a perpetrator and a victim.
Robert Cormier's response to Troyia Collis
In response to Troyia, Robert Cormier explains the title of his piece. As he has in other letters, he explains how language can fall short as a tool of communication. He explains his views that while there is evil in the world, there is also good. In closing, he touches on the impulse of some individuals to corrupt the innocent. This he finds inexcusable.
This article, published in The Atlantic, seeks the views of people under 40 years of age on their significant religious choices. Emma Green's article of March 24, 2016 explores the notion of religious choices involving principles, ethics, and life goals: "Tell us: What's the biggest religious choice you've made?"