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Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five

by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 5, Section 59 Summary

  • It's 1968, and Barbara Pilgrim warns Billy that, if he keeps acting like a child, she is going to treat him like a child.
  • Barbara also says that it's freezing in his house: the furnace isn't working. Billy says he hadn't noticed.
  • Barbara shouts that, if they leave Billy alone, he'll freeze or starve to death.
  • Barbara is enjoying depriving Billy of his dignity in the name of daughterly love.

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