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by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 2, Section 26 Summary

  • Next, Billy jumps to 1965, when he is 41.
  • He is sitting by his mother's bedside at the old age home in Pine Knoll.
  • She has pneumonia and isn't expected to survive. (She does though, for years.)
  • Billy's mother asks, "How ...?" (2.26.3).
  • Billy asks her to finish her question.
  • She says, "How did I get so old?" (2.26.6).

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