Catch-22

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John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian Character Analysis

The novel’s protagonist, Yossarian is a captain in the US Army Air Force who becomes tired of flying dangerous missions. At first he tries to get medically grounded on the basis of insanity, but Doc Daneeka, the group’s medic, argues that Yossarian cannot be insane if he wants to avoid death by getting out of having to fly. This is termed a Catch-22. Yossarian spends the remainder of the novel trying to combat the Catch-22 and convince the military brass, including Colonel Cathcart, the he should be sent home. Yossarian eventually refuses to fly missions and escapes the Army all together, fleeing to Sweden.

John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian Quotes in Catch-22

The Catch-22 quotes below are all either spoken by John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian or refer to John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of Catch-22 published in 1996.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Insanity is contagious. This is the only sane ward in the whole hospital. Everybody is crazy but us. This is probably the only sane ward in the whole world, for that matter.

Related Characters: John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian (speaker)
Related Symbols: Catch-22
Page Number: 22
Explanation and Analysis:

From the beginning, the novel introduces a state of "in-betweenness" from which Yossarian will try, throughout, to escape. Yossarian's temperature and ailments are not severe enough for him to be treated seriously, but he is not well enough to be sent back into service; he is not "crazy" by any doctor's metric, but he seems also to view the war from a slant, according to rules only he perceives. In this, Yossarian is caught, and the only way for him to be "uncaught" is for him to decide, as it were, whether he is crazy or not, whether he is healthy or not - and of course these are exactly the things one is not capable of deciding for oneself.

Thus this passage introduces the paradoxes of the novel, which unfold from here. Heller is concerned in particular with spaces like the hospital or sick ward, in which people are on the limits both of the battlefield and of life itself - it is these "in-between" places that the novel takes up, again and again, in its illustration of the impossibilities of war. 

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Chapter 2 Quotes

As far back as Yossarian could recall, he explained to Clevinger with a patient smile, somebody was always hatching a plot to kill him.

Related Characters: John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian (speaker), Clevinger
Related Symbols: Catch-22
Page Number: 28
Explanation and Analysis:

Yossarian's argument here is both simple and mind-bending. Because he is in war, he states, there are people on the other side of the battle who want to kill him. He does not want to be around those people - he wants, instead, to survive. So he does everything he can to avoid battle, knowing that, outside, there are people trying to kill him. 

When fellow soldiers say that Yossarian is behaving irrationally, he argues that they, the other soldiers, are the ones refusing to acknowledge the truth - that enemy soldiers would kill them, too, if they had the chance, and anyone willfully going into battle to be killed is someone not of sound mind. Yossarian seems further to argue that because he is able to do this kind of reasoning he is sane, even though those who cannot, who insist he must fight despite the possibility of his dying, continue to argue that he is insane. 

Chapter 3 Quotes

Do you remember . . . that time in Rome when that girl who can’t stand you kept hitting me over the head with the heel of her shoe? Do you want to know why she was hitting me?

Related Characters: Orr (speaker), John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian
Related Symbols: Rome
Page Number: 34
Explanation and Analysis:

Orr is a foil to Yossarian's protestations of sane insanity - as Yossarian has a difficult time understanding the logic linking Orr's thoughts, one to another. When Orr offers to tell Yossarian why a prostitute was hitting him over the head, he never follows through, and Yossarian doesn't ask - it is a broken-off point in the narrative, one that will recur and lightly preoccupy Yossarian.

In this way, Orr's seemingly non-rational speech connects to the larger lack of explanatory value in anything the airmen do - at least, in Yossarian's view. Thus the war itself continues, and people die, even though no one wants to die, and no one person seems capable of defining how each mission relates to the overall goal of winning the war. War, then, is disconnected from rational values even as it appears based on the most fundamental values of all - human bravery over cowardice, strength over weakness, good men vs. bad. 

Chapter 7 Quotes

But Yossarian still didn’t understand how Milo could buy eggs in Malta for seven cents apiece and sell them at a profit in Pianosa for five cents.

Related Characters: John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian, Milo Minderbinder
Related Symbols: Catch-22
Page Number: 76
Explanation and Analysis:

This passage is another instance of absurd and paradoxical behavior. Yossarian likes Milo, and he and McWatt believe that Milo must know something they do not, in order to be able to buy eggs for lots of money, sell them for less money, and still, somehow, make money. Of course this isn't possible without some form of criminality or trickery, but McWatt and Yossarian are willing to believe Milo, in part because the conditions of war seem to make anything paradoxical, or seemingly contradictory, possible. The very nature of war itself, as sketched in the idea of the "Catch-22," is an impossible one - since no sane man would fight in a war, and no insane man can prove himself as such. 

Milo, like many characters in the novel, is not so much insane or sane as he is impossible to describe - someone who is doing his best, in the uncertainty and confusion of battle, to continue to live and make a living. 

Chapter 14 Quotes

He [Yossarian] was wrong. There had been no clouds. Bologna had been bombed. Bologna was a milk run. There had been no flak there at all.

Related Characters: John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian, Clevinger
Page Number: 154
Explanation and Analysis:

Yossarian believes that Bologna will be a deadly affair - that the likelihood his plane will be shot out of the sky is high. Thus he sabotages his own mission by removing the intercom system from the plane, forcing the pilot, Sampson, to fly back. But Yossarian realizes that he has grounded himself from a mission that was easily dispatched, in which there was very little enemy resistance - a mission the group terms a "milk run."

Yossarian, then, has guessed incorrectly, if rationally. He thought Bologna would be dangerous, and he did what he could to avoid being killed during that fight. But as with other moments in war, this was a gamble, a guess made with some, but not all, necessary information. Yossarian knows that, despite whatever amount of planning he puts in, the war will demand what the war demands, and he will either be one of the lucky ones, or his "number" will be called and he will die on a mission. 

Chapter 16 Quotes

You will . . . you’ll tear it up into little pieces the minute I’m gone and go waling away like a big shot . . . because . . .Luciana let you sleep with her and did not ask you for money.

Related Characters: Luciana (speaker), John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian
Related Symbols: Catch-22
Page Number: 172
Explanation and Analysis:

This is an extension of the concept of the "Catch-22" to romantic love. Initially, Yossarian believes he is only looking for a woman to spend one night with - and when he meets Luciana, he expects just that. He buys her dinner and they do not have sex - but they do the next day, and Yossarian finds he has feelings for her. But Luciana will not admit that she has feelings for Yossarian, because, as she puts it, "only a crazy man" would desire a woman who is not a virgin, and she cannot marry a crazy man. Yossarian behaves crazily, she reasons, exactly when he tells her that he loves her truly.

Yossarian then rips up the paper containing Luciana's address, and he never finds her again - he mourns what he believes to have been his chance at true love. But all his heartache derives, in this instance, from the fundamental idea that it is as crazy to fall in love during wartime as it is crazy to avoid falling in love in wartime - that both positions are "irrational" ones. 

Chapter 27 Quotes

“You have a morbid aversion to dying. You probably resent the fact that you’re at war and might get your head blown off any second.”
“I more than resent it, sir. I’m absolutely incensed.”

Related Characters: John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian (speaker), Major Sanderson (speaker)
Related Symbols: Catch-22
Page Number: 313
Explanation and Analysis:

Sanderson believes that Yossarian is insane, and indeed, he wants Yossarian to be insane, as it makes his job as therapist more interesting. Sanderson complains that in his position he is often lonely, that no one in the group cares for him, and that the only excitement he has comes in the form of second-hand sex dreams, told to him by his patients.

Yossarian insists that, yes, he does have a fear of death, and that he doesn't want to put himself in a position where he might die or be injured. Sanderson considers this to be a signal indicator of insanity, because, after all, Yossarian's anxiety about death is overpowering - it keeps him from doing his job as it is intended to be done. Yet Sanderson does not believe he has the power to keep Yossarian out of active duty - Yossarian's insanity would have to be even more pronounced to keep him on the ground and out of harm's way. 

Chapter 34 Quotes

“They’re going to disappear him.”
“They’re what? What does that mean?”
“I don’t know. I heard them talking behind a door.”
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“It doesn’t make sense. it isn’t even good grammar. What the hell does it mean when they disappear someone?”

Related Characters: John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian (speaker), Nurses Duckett and Cramer (speaker), Dunbar
Related Symbols: Catch-22
Page Number: 378
Explanation and Analysis:

Dunbar, in the eyes of the unit's officers, has been breaking far too many rules - far more than his fellow soldiers, who, the narrative has thus far demonstrated, have no trouble breaking lots of rules. When Nurses Duckett and Cramer state that Dunbar will be "disappeared," however, Yossarian's first response is a grammatical one - he doesn't consider "disappear" to be a transitive verb, something that can be done to someone. He is confused by their logic.

But just as the Army can argue that living people are "officially" dead, or that "sane" soldiers must continue to fly insanely dangerous missions, it can also simply make a soldier "disappear" once it is tired of that soldier. Dunbar's actions have made him like an enemy, but worse - for the enemy, of course, exists enough to torment the members of the unit. When Dunbar is disappeared, he no longer exists, but nor does he not exist - he simply is no longer a person in any sense: he has vanished entirely. 

Chapter 42 Quotes

Goodbye, Yossarian . . . and good luck. I’ll stay here and persevere, and we’ll meet again when the fighting stops.

Related Characters: Chaplain Tappman (speaker), John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian
Related Symbols: Catch-22
Page Number: 463
Explanation and Analysis:

Yossarian has throughout the novel been hemmed in by a series of Catch-22s, by the contradictions that keep him trapped in the Army and forced to fly missions until, he believes, he will be killed - at which point, perhaps, the Army might find it is time to discharge him, only to realize that he is already gone. Yossarian vows not to let that happen. He notes that he does have an option other than trying to become, or pretend to be, insane - he can simply desert. Desertion, for Yossarian, is a way of "dropping out" of the bind of the Catch-22. For if he simply leaves Italy, the Army cannot tell him to do anything.

The chaplain is heartened by this, for the chaplain, too, feels that the Army does not allow him to do his work. The chaplain himself is not allowed to serve as an actual spiritual adviser, because he fears his job will be taken away by people in the Army who think only of advancement, and who do not believe in God. For the chaplain, Yossarian is a beacon of strength and courage - for he has, the chaplain realizes, the bravery simply to walk away, to remove himself from the bind of war altogether. 

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John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian Character Timeline in Catch-22

The timeline below shows where the character John “Yo-Yo” Yossarian appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Texan
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Captain John Yossarian, a lead bombardier in the US Army (of which the Air Force was part, during... (full context)
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Yossarian is assigned to censoring duty while in the hospital. He is supposed to black out... (full context)
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Yossarian is in the hospital with Dunbar, another officer in the Army Air Force, who is... (full context)
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...out of him. When it is discovered that the Soldier in White is actually dead, Yossarian jokes that the Texan must have killed him. (full context)
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A chaplain (Chaplain Tappman, as it turns out) arrives to speak with Yossarian, and to ask if he can do anything to help him. Yossarian says he doesn’t... (full context)
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An unnamed colonel in Yossarian’s ward has a mystery ailment, the cause of which cannot be determined. A young, attractive... (full context)
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The Texan, who has continued to be kind to everyone, so infuriates Yossarian, Dunbar, and the other patients that they all “magically” become cured (they were not really... (full context)
Chapter 2: Clevinger
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Yossarian and Dunbar feel happy to be free of the Texan, whose cheerfulness they find to... (full context)
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Yossarian lives in a “luxurious” tent with Orr, another officer, who is very handy and has... (full context)
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The argument between Clevinger and Yossarian is revealed. In the officers’ club, before Yossarian was in the hospital, Clevinger accused Yossarian... (full context)
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Just after this encounter, Yossarian eats a sumptuous meal at the officers’ club and walks back to his tent, wondering... (full context)
Chapter 3: Havermeyer
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Yossarian, back in his tent, grouses to himself about the dead man and his personal effects,... (full context)
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...distract others who might ask him why he had anything in his cheeks at all. Yossarian grows even more frustrated with the behavior of his bizarre tent-mate. Orr reminds Yossarian of... (full context)
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...the soldiers, saying that USO shows are optional, but that they must attend—it’s an order. Yossarian complains about the USO shows to Doc Daneeka, who is himself always complaining, in turn,... (full context)
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...action.” His fellow officers hate him, because they think he puts them in unnecessary danger. Yossarian, on the other hand, has begun to fly strictly to avoid flak (enemy fire); this... (full context)
Chapter 4: Doc Daneeka
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Yossarian knows that Hungry Joe is truly crazy—his bad dreams occur every night—but he does not... (full context)
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...in that climate. Daneeka is also afraid of flying, so he asks other officers, including Yossarian, to put his name in the flight logs without his actually flying in the planes.... (full context)
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Yossarian asks his comrades about a soldier named Snowden, who is not identified by the narrator.... (full context)
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...since making time go more slowly does lead to a longer life. Clevinger disagrees, but Yossarian tells Clevinger to let Dunbar live his own way. When Clevinger asks why Dunbar wants... (full context)
Chapter 5: Chief White Halfoat
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...a tent with Chief White Halfoat, a Native American soldier whom Daneeka hates. Daneeka tells Yossarian his medical practice at home was just starting to make money before the war, mostly... (full context)
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Doc Daneeka tells Yossarian a story of two newlyweds who once came into his office: it turned out they... (full context)
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Yossarian flies another mission, then asks Daneeka to ground him from flying, owing to insanity. Daneeka... (full context)
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...asked, he’d be behaving rationally, thus he’d be sane and forced to fly more missions. Yossarian remarks that “Catch-22” is a “powerful” catch, and Daneeka agrees. (full context)
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Yossarian is reminded of a discussion he once had with Orr about Appleby, another soldier and... (full context)
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The conversations ends as Yossarian and the others are forced to go on a bombing mission. They fly in B-25s,... (full context)
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Yossarian flies with McWatt as co-pilot—the two exchange instructions about the bombing runs while Aarfy, a... (full context)
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Yossarian is a master of evasive action—avoiding enemy flak—because he is terrified of dying. He recalls,... (full context)
Chapter 6: Hungry Joe
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Yossarian recalls a flight over Ferrara, some time before, when he took his planes (six in... (full context)
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Yossarian asks Wintergreen, a subordinate of Cathcart’s, how Cathcart can assign more mandatory missions (55, at... (full context)
Chapter 7: McWatt
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McWatt, Yossarian’s co-pilot, is the “craziest” of all, because he’s sane yet still loves war. McWatt snaps... (full context)
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Yossarian is introduced to Milo Minderbinder, a new pilot recently assigned to the group as mess... (full context)
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Nately, Dunbar, and others take Yossarian’s uneaten fruit and give it to prostitutes in Rome, who sell it to buy “cheap... (full context)
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...arguing that McWatt is better off than before, and that “everyone wins” in this scenario. Yossarian and McWatt are confused but assume Milo has some business acumen they do not understand.... (full context)
Chapter 8: Lieutenant Scheisskopf
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Yossarian’s group commander in boot-camp was Lieutenant Scheisskopf, an ignorant man obsessed with parades, whose wife... (full context)
Chapter 9: Major Major Major Major
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...in a mission over Orvieto. This soldier, it turns out, is the “dead man” in Yossarian’s tent—his things remain in the tent because he was never officially added to the group’s... (full context)
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...Major, however, escapes their detection. The CID men believe Tappman, whose name was forged by Yossarian on one document, might be the true culprit. (full context)
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Yossarian manages one day to tackle Major Major while the major is briefly outside—otherwise no officers... (full context)
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Yossarian also complains that Cathcart keeps raising the required number of bombing missions. Although Major Major... (full context)
Chapter 10: Wintergreen
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...during a mission flown over Elba, and his plane was never recovered or seen again. Yossarian believes Clevinger has gone AWOL (absent without leave), deserting the military, and he reports this... (full context)
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...assistant charged with turning away all guests, begins to think about the dead man in Yossarian’s tent. It turns out the man’s name was Mudd, and Towser wonders whether it isn’t... (full context)
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Dunbar is asking Stubbs for codeine, so he can give the codeine to Yossarian. Yossarian needs the drug because he is terrified to fly the dangerous Bologna mission. Stubbs... (full context)
Chapter 12: Bologna
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A placard is set up showing ground-troop movements near Bologna. Clevinger remarks to Yossarian that some officers are secretly hoping the bomb-line on the map will move, meaning the... (full context)
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Yossarian’s night activity causes the higher-ups to believe the Army has advanced. Black reports to Korn... (full context)
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In the meantime, Yossarian has a conversation with Wintergreen, who is selling black-market Zippo lighters. They begin talking about... (full context)
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Yossarian asks Wintergreen to fake an order keeping Yossarian from flying, for medical reasons. Wintergreen says... (full context)
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They continue fighting: Clevinger accuses Yossarian of aiding the enemy by not wanting to fly; Yossarian replies that “the enemy” is... (full context)
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...it is determined that the US Army has not, in fact, advanced to the city. Yossarian gets drunk one night at the officers’ club and makes up a “glue gun,” newly-developed... (full context)
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Outside the club, Chief White Halfoat shows up, drunk, driving Captain Black’s jeep, and tells Yossarian, Nately, and Dunbar to hop in—they’re going to go for a ride in the rain.... (full context)
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...awakes and the cat is on him—he threatens to shoot it before other officers intervene. Yossarian says Hungry Joe and the cat should have a “fair fight,” but when the fight... (full context)
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...a whole floor of a building underneath a beautiful woman and her stepdaughter, about whom Yossarian fantasizes. Yossarian and the other officers sleep with many women in Rome, including a maid... (full context)
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...his efforts as mess officer. Korn, his assistant, reminds Cathcart of the time they promoted Yossarian to Captain. (full context)
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Yossarian was promoted after the mission in Ferrara, where Yossarian flew back, after missing a bridge... (full context)
Chapter 14: Kid Sampson
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On the first mission to Bologna, Yossarian gets on the mic and asks whether something is wrong on the plane. This sparks... (full context)
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Yossarian tears out the intercom and orders Kid Sampon, the pilot of the mission, to turn... (full context)
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Yossarian swims peacefully and relaxes on the beach, which is deserted—all other men are flying the... (full context)
Chapter 15: Piltchard & Wren
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...they love flying missions—they ask Cathcart to let them continue flying. Piltchard and Wren chastise Yossarian for turning back for such a feeble excuse as an intercom failure, and assign him... (full context)
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This second run, however, is heavily defended by the Germans. Yossarian’s plane is beset by flak. Yossarian orders McWatt to begin evasive maneuvers, and the plane... (full context)
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Yossarian continues yelling at Aarfy, but Aarfy does not budge. Yossarian orders more evasive maneuvers to... (full context)
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They escape enemy fire, but other planes have been damaged in the strike. Yossarian realizes Orr has been hit, and he scans the horizon wildly for him, realizing that,... (full context)
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Yossarian waits until Orr returns—Orr’s plane struggles to a crash landing, but Orr is OK. Yossarian... (full context)
Chapter 16: Luciana
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Yossarian meets Luciana at a bar in Rome, whisking her away from another Allied soldier. He... (full context)
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Yossarian walks the streets, alone, and looks for another woman to spend the night with—but finds... (full context)
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Yossarian wakes up the next morning to find that Luciana has come to his apartment—she has... (full context)
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Yossarian says he will marry Luciana; she says only a crazy man would marry a non-virgin... (full context)
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Hungry Joe tries desperately to get into the room and take pictures of Yossarian and Luciana naked. They leave the apartment quickly, passing Nately, who has spent all his... (full context)
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Outside, Luciana says she will give Yossarian her address, and that she knows Yossarian, feeling cocky after she sleeps with him without... (full context)
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Yossarian is despondent with himself over losing Luciana. He finds the maid in the lime-colored panties... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Soldier in White
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Yossarian goes into the hospital following his 32nd and then his 38th missions, hoping not to... (full context)
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Yossarian recalls his first time meeting The Soldier in White. This soldier was wrapped entirely in... (full context)
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Nurses Cramer and Duckett tend to the Soldier in White and wash his bandages. Yossarian asks Cramer how she knows a man is even in there—this angers her. The patients... (full context)
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Yossarian thinks about all the ways he can die in war, and runs through a list... (full context)
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Yossarian recalls how he asked Doc Daneeka to ground him from flying, since Major Major asserted... (full context)
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Daneeka tells Yossarian to actually finish a tour—the required number of missions—before he asks to be grounded again.... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Soldier Who Saw Everything Twice
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Yossarian has another flashback, this time to his training before the war. To get out of... (full context)
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Lieutenant Scheisskopf’s wife, with whom Yossarian is having an affair, comes to visit him in the hospital over Thanksgiving. She asks... (full context)
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Yossarian finds a soldier who declares he sees everything twice, and decides to imitate that man’s... (full context)
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They wrap Yossarian in bandages, to make him unrecognizable, and bring in the family, a mother, father, and... (full context)
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His “family members” give Yossarian advice, since they believe he will die. They tell him to be strong in heaven,... (full context)
Chapter 19: Colonel Cathcart
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...to rethink his prayer plan. The chaplain attempts to broach his own subject—that men like Yossarian are being asked to fly more and more missions—but Cathcart replies, dismissively, that “there’s a... (full context)
Chapter 20: Corporal Whitcomb
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...he leaves Cathcart, the chaplain is upset that he didn’t make a stronger case on Yossarian’s behalf. He runs into Korn, who always makes fun of the chaplain for “only” being... (full context)
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...offended that the chaplain won’t give him many details, and that he appears to take Yossarian’s side against the Colonel. Whitcomb says this is indicative of the chaplain’s unwillingness to delegate... (full context)
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...man in a tree during the funeral service for Snowden. The chaplain resolves to ask Yossarian about this vision. While the chaplain has been musing, Whitcomb has been out conferring with... (full context)
Chapter 21: General Dreedle
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Cathcart curses the name Yossarian, and wonders whether the man who has been threatening not to fly, has been awarded... (full context)
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...incident (soap in the food), and the naked man in a tree. He wonders whether Yossarian is responsible for many of these events. (full context)
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Cathcart recalls the time Dreedle came to observe the troops and came upon Yossarian, in formation with no clothes on. Dreedle learns that Yossarian has just earned a medal... (full context)
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Cathcart promises to punish Yossarian for his nakedness, but Dreedle argues that punishment is unnecessary, and makes Cathcart look like... (full context)
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...the time Dreedle, Moodus, and the nurse stood in the briefing room before a mission. Yossarian began cooing lustfully at the nurse, and the other officers followed his lead, drowning out... (full context)
Chapter 22: Milo the Mayor
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Korn’s performance preceded the Avignon mission, the one that caused Yossarian to “lose his nerve.” The mission was dangerous from the start, and Yossarian’s plane was... (full context)
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Time flashes back to the present, and Dobbs asks Yossarian whether he will help him kill Cathcart. Dobbs believes this is the only way to... (full context)
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Yossarian has his doubts, and when Dobbs declares that other men will have to be killed... (full context)
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Milo flies Yossarian and Orr to Naples, then to Sicily, where Yossarian spends the night with a woman... (full context)
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Milo attempts to explain his “syndicate” to Yossarian, wherein he buys eggs in Malta for a higher price and sells them in Pianosa... (full context)
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Yossarian flies with Milo and Orr to Palermo, where it appears that Milo receives a good... (full context)
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Yossarian and Orr are then dragged from location to location by Milo, who is engaged in... (full context)
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At the end of “rest” leave, after one week, Orr and Yossarian are exhausted from their travels around the Mediterranean. But Milo says it’s worth it: it’s... (full context)
Chapter 23: Nately’s Old Man
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...Nately has managed again to find his prostitute, the woman he loves, and he asks Yossarian and Aarfy to pay to spend time with her friends to appease her. Aarfy jokes... (full context)
Chapter 24: Milo
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...German guns to shoot at those planes, all for the sake of defending his merchandise. Yossarian argues that this, surely, is treason, but Milo counters that only his business contracts matter,... (full context)
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Doc Daneeka tends to Yossarian after Milo’s bombing of the group. This reminds Yossarian of the way Doc Daneeka treated... (full context)
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The Avignon bombings, as stated previously, cause Yossarian to undergo a “break,” and he refuses to wear his uniform. He climbs a tree... (full context)
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...of the bridge at Orvieto resulted in the death of the “dead man,” Mudd, in Yossarian’s tent. Yossarian argues that Milo is responsible for this, but Milo counters that these deaths... (full context)
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Yossarian suggests that Milo bribe the US government to buy all this cotton at a low... (full context)
Chapter 25: The Chaplain
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The chaplain asks Yossarian whether he has ever had this feeling of déjà vu before, and what he thinks... (full context)
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...naked man he saw in a tree, not knowing at the time that it was Yossarian, and believes it’s a sign, though he doesn’t knows what it means. (full context)
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The chaplain decides to advocate on behalf of Yossarian to Major Major, arguing that the soldiers should not have their mission requirements continually raised.... (full context)
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...office and demands to see him. Sergeant Towser refuses, and says the Major’s response to Yossarian’s request for fewer missions is simple: there is nothing he, the Major, can do about... (full context)
Chapter 26: Aarfy
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...to be in the same room as him. Nately reports this, sadly, to Aarfy and Yossarian, and Aarfy replies, “good riddance.” Nately grows angry and asks that his fellow soldiers not... (full context)
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Aarfy is the navigator on Yossarian’s plane, but has a terrible sense of direction—he is always getting lost. The narrative jumps... (full context)
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McWatt tends to the injured Yossarian and gives him morphine, and is relieved to recognize that Yossarian will survive the wound.... (full context)
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Nurse Cramer gets upset that Yossarian is walking on his wounded leg, and tells him to lie back down in his... (full context)
Chapter 27: Nurse Duckett
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Yossarian and Dunbar decide to play a practical joke on Nurse Duckett. As she is tending... (full context)
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...as many, if not far more, anxieties as the patients he is supposed to help. Yossarian recounts a dream that Dunbar had, about a fish, and the Major interrupts to complain... (full context)
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Sanderson asks if Yossarian has real and interesting sex dreams, and when Yossarian says his fish dream is a... (full context)
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Dobbs comes to visit Yossarian in the hospital. He wants to talk about the plan to murder Colonel Cathcart. Yossarian... (full context)
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Sanderson, in his meetings with Yossarian, grows angrier and angrier. He believes Yossarian has not “adjusted” to war, that he has... (full context)
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But Sanderson also still believes that Yossarian is really A. Fortiori, the other soldier—thus Fortiori is sent home on account of mental... (full context)
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Yossarian speaks with Doc Daneeka, who is worried that, if the Germans surrender too quickly, before... (full context)
Chapter 28: Dobbs
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Yossarian tells Dobbs he is finally ready to kill Cathcart. Dobbs, however, has flown 60 missions... (full context)
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Yossarian learns from Sergeant Knight that Orr had to crash-land his plane in the water while... (full context)
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Yossarian returns to his tent and finds Orr, safely back, and tinkering again with the stove.... (full context)
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Orr tells Yossarian they should fly together, but Yossarian counters that Orr is shot down or has to... (full context)
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Yossarian watches Orr fiddle with the very small components of the stove, and the two talk... (full context)
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...from the rest of the crew, who are in a separate raft. Kid Sampson tells Yossarian that Orr is missing. Yossarian expects Orr to return, and laughs to himself at the... (full context)
Chapter 29: Peckem
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Yossarian and the other officers find a note, stating that no parade will be held in... (full context)
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Major Danby gives an order to Yossarian and the others that they are to bomb a small village on an important road.... (full context)
Chapter 30: Dunbar
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Dunbar ends up dropping his bombs many yards away from the village, as does Yossarian. Dunbar has become especially bitter following Orr’s disappearance; Yossarian believes that the stresses of war... (full context)
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Yossarian reflects that it is best to fly with McWatt, who is a carefree pilot but... (full context)
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Yossarian has begun dating Nurse Duckett, with whom he lies on the beaches of Pianosa. Nurse... (full context)
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Duckett and Yossarian sneak off at night to make love on the beaches, away from Cramer. One day,... (full context)
Chapter 32: Yo-Yo’s Roomies
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...to spy the stumps of Sampson’s legs, still on the shore, no longer do so. Yossarian begins thinking of the men who’ve been killed or who have disappeared: Sampson, Orr, Snowden,... (full context)
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It is discovered that Yossarian has been living in a tent alone, after Orr’s disappearance, although Yossarian claims that the... (full context)
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Yossarian walks away from his tent one night, to avoid his new tent-mates, and runs into... (full context)
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Yossarian returns to his tent and finds that the four young roommates are burning some of... (full context)
Chapter 33: Nately’s Whore
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Yossarian walks the streets of Rome; he misses Nurse Duckett and is upset he cannot find... (full context)
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Nately, Yossarian, and Dunbar throw the officers’ clothing and identifying badges out the window onto the street;... (full context)
Chapter 34: Thanksgiving
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At the end of Thanksgiving that year, Yossarian punched Nately in the face—but he claims it was Sergeant Knight’s fault. Milo prepared an... (full context)
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Yossarian decides to find the person shooting the machine-gun. Yossarian begins climbing the hill, and Nately,... (full context)
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Yossarian runs into Dunbar, who has also been seeking out the machine-gun culprit. Dunbar claims Sergeant... (full context)
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During the hospital visit, Yossarian runs into the chaplain, who has faked an illness (Wisconsin shingles) in order to gain... (full context)
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Yossarian’s dismay sparks pandemonium in the hospital, with others shouting that the Soldier in White is... (full context)
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Nurse Duckett pulls Yossarian aside and claims that Dunbar will be “disappeared” by military authorities, perhaps because of his... (full context)
Chapter 35: Milo the Militant
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Nately tells Yossarian he wants to fly more combat missions, even though he already has 70; if he... (full context)
Chapter 36: The Cellar
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...planes arrive back from the mission, the chaplain goes to see who has returned—he finds Yossarian and is relieved, but he realizes that Nately has been killed, and nearly goes into... (full context)
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The chaplain finally gathers the courage to advocate on behalf of Yossarian, telling Korn that he will take the issue of the men’s number of missions all... (full context)
Chapter 38: Kid Sister
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Yossarian, after Nately’s death, vows not to fly any more missions. He announces this to Piltchard,... (full context)
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There, Yossarian encounters Nately’s prostitute, who is extremely distraught to hear of Nately’s death, and who blames... (full context)
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After more fighting, Yossarian lands on top of Nately’s prostitute, who pretends that she wants to make love to... (full context)
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Yossarian is chased out into the street by the two women. And as he races to... (full context)
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Nately’s prostitute returns to Yossarian’s tent and nearly kills him again before being subdued by other officers. Yossarian is informed... (full context)
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Yossarian lies in his tent and other officers come to him in the night, congratulating him... (full context)
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Yossarian runs into Captain Black one day, when he (Yossarian) has decided once again to flee... (full context)
Chapter 39: The Eternal City
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Yossarian is going to Rome AWOL (absent without leave), and Milo chastises him for this, saying... (full context)
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Yossarian is taken aback by this phrase, which he did not believe the old woman knew.... (full context)
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Yossarian goes outside and finds Milo, telling him that they must seek out Nately’s prostitute’s kid... (full context)
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Yossarian walks past scenes of total despair: old and young men and women are sitting or... (full context)
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Yossarian is particularly struck that one unnamed man in the street, surrounded by menacing police officers,... (full context)
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Yossarian cannot believe what he has seen throughout the evening, and Aarfy’s confession is the last... (full context)
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MPs bust into the apartment again and arrest Yossarian for being AWOL. They do nothing to Aarfy, as Aarfy predicted. Yossarian is flown back... (full context)
Chapter 40: Catch-22
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But there’s is a catch, of course—a catch-22. Cathcart and Korn tell Yossarian that he will be sent home only if he pretends that he is friends with... (full context)
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Korn, who takes this opportunity to ridicule Cathcart, and to demonstrate to Yossarian that he has been in charge of Cathcart’s decision-making process all along, says that they... (full context)
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They worry that, if Yossarian were court-marshaled, other soldiers would rally to his cause. Thus they ask simply that Yossarian... (full context)
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When Yossarian is leaving their office, however, he is attacked by Nately’s prostitute, who has been lying... (full context)
Chapter 41: Snowden
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Yossarian comes to in the hospital, where he is surrounding by doctors discussing whether to operate... (full context)
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Yossarian is given total anesthesia and operated on. He wakes up to Korn, and then to... (full context)
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...lot of time praying—he is trying to reclaim his faith. He also says he heard Yossarian was stabbed by a “Nazi assassin.” Yossarian informs the chaplain that it was merely Nately’s... (full context)
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Yossarian tells the chaplain of the deal he made with Cathcart and Korn in the previous... (full context)
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The chaplain also tells Yossarian that Hungry Joe has died—in his sleep, of constant nightmares. This means that most of... (full context)
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The chaplain leaves. Yossarian wakes up in the middle of the night and hears a sinister man saying to... (full context)
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Yossarian attempted to calm Snowden regardless. He began tending to Snowden’s leg would, which was severe... (full context)
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As he tends to Snowden’s leg wound, Snowden complains that he’s cold, and Yossarian tells him only, “There, there.” He finally sees that Snowden has been hit under his... (full context)
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Yossarian begins trying to tend to this wound, but realizes there is nothing he can do.... (full context)
Chapter 42: Yossarian
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Major Danby arrives at the hospital and tells Yossarian that the deal with Korn and Cathcart is still on. Yossarian tells Danby he won’t... (full context)
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Danby says that, if Yossarian doesn’t accept, Cathcart and Korn will initiate a court-martial against him for his going AWOL... (full context)
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...these official reports could easily be counteracted by other official reports that lie, and say Yossarian was incompetent, selfish, and lazy, in dereliction of his duty as an officer. (full context)
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Yossarian claims he has another option, if he doesn’t accept the deal and refuses to fly... (full context)
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Yossarian asks Danby what he would do in Yossarian’s place. Danby admits that being sent home... (full context)
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Yossarian recalls Orr’s comments before Orr’s last mission, when Orr floated away, alone, on his raft.... (full context)
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The chaplain, who entered the room during Yossarian’s conversation with Black, is greatly excited for Yossarian’s escape. Danby says that running away is... (full context)
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Yossarian asks Danby if he’s going to stop him. Danby hesitates for a second, then announces... (full context)
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Yossarian says his goodbyes and walks outside the hospital. Nately’s prostitute has been lying in wait... (full context)