by Joseph Heller
Catch-22 Chapter 34 Summary
- After a rowdy Thanksgiving celebration, Yossarian is awoken by the sound of machine gun fire and freaks out because he thinks Milo is attacking the base again.
- It turns out that the fire is a practical joke of some drunkards celebrating an early new year.
- Yossarian works himself into a rage and grabs his .45 (a gun, in layman's terms), meaning to go out and kill the offenders for scaring him so.
- Nately tries to stop him. Yossarian punches him in the nose.
- Yossarian runs into Dunbar.
- Dunbar wants to kill the shooters, too.
- But by now the shooters have fled and Yossarian wants to check on Nately. He feels bad for hitting his friend.
- When he visits Nately, he finds him with a cast-up nose and two black eyes. He is sheepish when Yossarian tries to apologize to him. In short, Nately forgives Yossarian.
- We discover that Nurse Duckett has broken up with Yossarian and plans to marry a doctor.
- Then the chaplain enters spouting some nonsense about Wisconsin shingles. It turns out he has lied to the doctors for the first time, telling them he had a nonexistent disease called the Wisconsin shingles.
- The friends, including Nately, go out to see a Hollywood film, but when they come back, the soldier in white is back.
- Panic spreads throughout the whole hospital.
- There is a brief respite when they recognize the soldier in white as the "same one," but panic ensues again when Dunbar suggests that there's nobody inside.
- While everyone is examining the motionless bandaged soldier to determine if anyone is inside, Nurse Duckett pulls Yossarian aside. He thinks he's going to get some action.
- No such luck. In a closet, she tells the amorous Yossarian that she heard some people saying they are going to "disappear" Dunbar.
- Yossarian doesn't know what that means but he hurries away to warn Dunbar.
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