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by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 4, Section 18 Summary

  • One of the better American bodies belongs to a high school teacher from Indiana named Edgar Derby.
  • Derby is in Weary's car when Weary dies.
  • He is old enough to have a son in the war as well.
  • Derby's son will survive the war, but Derby will be killed by a firing squad in 68 days.
  • The worst body is not Billy's. It belongs to a car thief from Illinois named Paul Lazzaro.
  • Lazzaro has promised a dying Weary that he will find some way to get revenge on Billy for Weary's death.
  • Lazzaro looks at all the naked American soldiers and wonders which one is Billy.

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