Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 36-40 Summary & Analysis

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Al Capone Does My Shirt Chapters 36-40 Summary & Analysis

Chapter 36 Summary: Waiting

Tuesday, May 28, 1935

The next day, when Moose returns home from school his mother is radiant. She says that during her interview, “’Natalie was wonderful. She spoke clearly in the new Natalie way. She tried her best to look at Mr. Purdy when she spoke. She even told a joke’” (195). Moose’s mother wants to talk to Moose alone and so Theresa looks after Natalie.

Helen apologizes for the previous evening and she explains how angry she was at Moose because she thought he didn’t care about how his words affected anyone else. However, she did see how much he cares about Natalie: “‘You were doing what you thought would help your sister’” (197).

During dinner they receive a phone call from the Esther P. Marinoff School. Cam returns visibly upset. Natalie has been rejected for the same reason as before.

Chapter 37 Summary: Carrie Kelly 

Same day— Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29, 1935

Natalie’s second rejection from the school has taken a toll on the Flanagan family. Moose calls Mrs. Kelly to tell her what has happened and to thank her for her work with Natalie. She was sure that Natalie would be accepted into the school and Moose asks if there is anything they can do to change Mr. Purdy’s mind. Mrs. Kelly tells Moose that whenever she is losing Natalie’s focus, she always asked her what she thought Moose was up to. She tells Moose: “‘I thought you might like to know how important you are to her” (201).

Moose urgently wants to help Natalie. He goes to speak to the Warden, even though he is not really sure why. Moose believes that the Warden is “the most powerful person ” (201). Of course, the Warden is unable to help Moose with Natalie’s situation but then Moose asks about a favor from Al Capone. The Warden scoffs at the idea as another stunt, but also explains to Moose that he cannot give Al any special treatment. 

Chapter 38 Summary: What Happened?

The weekend of June 1 and 2, 1935

Life is difficult at Moose’s house because Moose’s mother is…

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