A military official who mostly appears to give briefings to Yossarian and the other men, Danby at first tells Yossarian, at the end of the novel, that it would be immoral for Yossarian to run away. But Danby later comes around to Yossarian’s reasoning, and even gives him money for his journey to Sweden.
The timeline below shows where the character Major Danby appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 21: General Dreedle
...other officers followed his lead, drowning out the meeting in a chorus of “ooooohs.” Major Danby, a small, diffident man who had been attempting to synchronize watches at the meeting, cannot... (full context)
...as general, he cannot order men shot. Dreedle seems surprised by this information. Korn takes Danby’s place in the meeting, having all the soldiers synchronize their watches. Korn delights in performing... (full context)
Chapter 29: Peckem
Chapter 42: Yossarian
...accept the deal and refuses to fly more missions—he can run away, deserting. He asks Danby how Danby can work with Cathcart and Korn, since Danby isn’t as cruel or self-interested... (full context)
...who entered the room during Yossarian’s conversation with Black, is greatly excited for Yossarian’s escape. Danby says that running away is a negative, cowardly move, but Yossarian argues it is a... (full context)