by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 10, Section 10 Summary
- The corpses don't smell bad at first, but they slowly start to rot. The smell is like roses and mustard gas.
- The Maori whom Billy had been working with cannot handle the smell and winds up dying from dry heaves.
- To prevent this kind of thing from happening again, the soldiers stop bringing the bodies out of their holes. They start using flamethrowers to destroy them on the spot.
- In the ruins, Edgar Derby is caught stealing a teapot from the rubble. He is arrested, tried for looting, and shot.
- Billy and the other American prisoners wind up locked up in a stable on the outskirts of the city.
- Suddenly one day, the door is opened: the war in Europe is over.
- Billy and his fellow prisoners go outside and find that it is spring. The leaves are green and there is no one around.
- The birds are speaking to each other.
- One says to Billy Pilgrim: "Poo-tee-weet?" (10.10.11).
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