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by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 5, Section 16 Summary

  • Billy has been standing too close to the hot stove, and the hem of his tiny coat catches on fire.
  • It's not burning very quickly, at least.
  • Billy wishes there were a phone he could use to call his mother and tell her that he's alive and well.

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