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Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle


by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle Chapter 31 Summary

Another Breed

  • Worried about his own mother's tombstone, the taxi driver asks if they could take a detour. John agrees, but he's not happy about it.
  • They take a second detour to the tombstone salesroom across the street.
  • It's called Avram Breed and Sons.
  • While wandering around the memorials, John spies an angel dressed in mistletoe, cedar boughs, and Christmas tree lamps. He asks how much.
  • The salesman informs him it's not for sale on account that its one hundred years old. The salesman, it turns out, is Marvin Breed, brother of Dr. Asa Breed.
  • John comments that it's a small world. Marvin says it is "[w]hen you put it in a cemetery" (31.16).

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