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Cat's Cradle Chapter 126

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 126

Soft Pipes, Play On

  • John calls Bokononism depressing and changes the subject, yet again.
  • He decides to praise Julian and Philip Castle for their choice of death, going to the hospital to give whatever aid and mercy they could in the wake of ice-nine. Good on them.
  • He also sees "magnificence" in Angela's choice of death (126.5). She played her clarinet with no regard to whether or not it was contaminated by ice-nine.
  • It was contaminated though.
  • Newt suggests maybe John could "'find some neat way to die, too'" (126.7).
  • John recounts his dream. In it, he's climbing Mount McCabe to plant some great symbol at its peak, but he can't picture what that symbol should be.
  • He looks out the window in time to see an old black man sitting on the side of the road. He brakes.
  • Newt asks what the matter is, and John tells him he just saw Bokonon.