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What happens when you lie and use others to get what you want It comes back to bite you in the butt is what In the story Defender of the Faith the character Grossbart is taught this Grossbart uses his Father his friends Larry Fishbein and Mickey Halpern and Sergeant Nathan Marx He also lies to Sergeant Marx Grossbart first uses Sgt Marx to get out of the GI Parties that occur on Friday nights at the Camp Crowder When Sgt Marx gives an order that Jewish personnel who want to attend services this evening are to fall out in front of the orderly room at 1900 by order of Captain Barrett Grossbart believes he can go even further He forges his fathers signature on a letter to Congressman Franconi complaining about the food at training camp When Captain Barrett receives a phone call from Major Harry Sgt Marx is called in to give an explanation When no explanation can be given Captain Barrett and Sgt Marx go to talk to Grossbart concerning the letter received by the Congressman Two days later another letter addressed to the Congressman is passed down the chain of command This letter states that Grossbart has decided to suffer through the breech in religion for all the Jews in Europe In the letter Sgt Marx is given an acknowledgement This puzzles Sgt Marx he wonders if Grossbart felt hed gone to far Was the letter a strategic retreat-a crafty attempt to strengthen what he considered our alliance Through all of this Grossbart uses his friends Fishbein and Halpern as excuses Grossbart also lies to Sgt Marx He tells Marx Ive got relatives in St Louis and they say theyll give me a whole Passover dinner if I can get down there Sgt Marx gives Grossbart a pass when he Grossbart decides to go to St Louis with or without a pass on the condition that he Dont tell anybody However
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