Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 111

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 111

Time Out

  • Frank returns with those brooms, rubber gloves, and other cleaning necessities.
  • They set about the task of hiding the evidence and cleaning the mess, and the three Hoenikkers recount their tale.
  • On the Christmas Eve when Felix Hoenikker died, the three returned to the cottage, the boys with the black Labrador retriever in tow.
  • Before Felix had died, he'd teased his children all day about the existence of ice-nine and even played some of his research games with it while they were out.
  • He'd left the mess of those games in the kitchen and had sat down for what should have been a quick nap. The nap ended up taking longer than expected, like somewhere north of eternity.