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by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 9, Section 27 Summary

  • In Trout's novel, the aliens give the two Earthlings a fake stock market ticker.
  • They tell the Earthlings that this is connected to the stock markets back on Earth, and that they now have a million dollars in investments in the market.
  • This is all a lie: the aliens just want to make the Earthlings perform for them in their zoo.
  • But the humans think they are making a ton of money back on Earth.
  • They also try religion: when they have a bad week on the market, they give prayer a whirl.
  • It seems to work, too: their fake stocks go up after they pray.

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