by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 5, Section 23 Summary
- Next to Billy's bed are two pills, an ashtray with three cigarettes, and a glass of water.
- The cigarettes belong to Billy's mother, who has headed to the bathroom.
- Billy covers his head with a blanket whenever his mother comes to see him at the mental hospital.
- She upsets him because she is his mother: she has gone to so much trouble to give Billy life, but Billy doesn't even like life.