The Moon


Word Count: 1214

The Moon is Down Chapter One: 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. Chapter Two: 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. Chapter Three: 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. Chapter
Four: 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. Chapter Five: 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. Chapter Six: 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. Corell; it’s only fitting if we also take his
boat.”. The group began putting their heads together to think
of some kind of retaliation. The Mayor tells the Anders
brothers to tell people of what has been happening and to
bring