Chapter 29 – Washing a Dirty Mind
Matt continues to be called "the aristocrat." He chooses to endure Jorge's bedtime story due to the threat of losing another meal. We are introduced to Ton-Ton, a simple minded boy who reinforced Jorge's points. Self-criticism is important to keep one's minds sharp and considerate of the "general good of the people." Ton-Ton is the first to model this by telling his "sins" and deriving a punishment for himself.
When it's Matt's turn, he states that he has done nothing wrong, answered by gasps by the other boys. On prompting from Jorge, they hurl accusations at Matt, except Chacho and Fidelito. Matt draws on past relationships for personal strength and realizes new strength through his relationship with Chacho and Fidelito.
- Why is Matt called “the aristocrat?”
- Why didn’t Matt contradict the bedtime story?
- Who is Ton-Ton? What happened to him? Why?
- What is the role of self criticism?
- What happened to Matt?
- What kept Matt going? His Friends?