A colonel in the Army who is taken prisoner and placed in a railcar, Wild Bob has double pneumonia and eventually dies of his illness. He tells all to ask for him in Cody, Wyoming, where they might meet again; this becomes a refrain repeated in the novel, by Vonnegut and others.
Wild Bob Quotes in Slaughterhouse-Five
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“If you’re ever in Cody, Wyoming,” I said to him lazily, “just ask for Wild Bob.”
Related Characters:Kurt Vonnegut (speaker), Wild Bob
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Wild Bob Character Timeline in Slaughterhouse-Five
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...ignorant of military terminology and does not understand the question. The colonel, who calls himself Wild Bob , believes he is addressing his men, although no one among the POWs was in...
...bad.” Pilgrim catches a glimpse of the luxury in the railcar for the German officers. Wild Bob dies in the colonel’s car and his corpse is carried out. The trains are marked...
...friend are now “well-to-do,” and repeats, “If you’re ever in Cody, Wyoming, just ask for Wild Bob .”