Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 110

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 110

The Fourteenth Book

  • John opens the chapter with a discussion on the Bokononist concept of pool-pah, which can translate to either "wrath of God" or "s*** storm" depending on context (110.1).
  • The pool-pah comes when John realizes that now the Soviet Union and America have their own supply of ice-nine.
  • Angela rushes to Newt's defense though, claiming Zinka stole his ice-nine. It wasn't given freely.
  • John wonders what chance humanity has when men like Felix Hoenikker creates "such playthings" for "such short-sighted children as almost all men and women are" (110.7)
  • Answer: not much.