Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 16

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 16

Back to Kindergarten

  • At the door of a large brick building, Dr. Breed and Miss Pefko enter through security. John is pushed through as Breed's guest.
  • Dr. Breed picks up the argument from the last chapter, but Pefko believes she must have missed out on a lot in kindergarten. Breed agrees with her here.
  • Everyone missed out on a lot in kindergarten.
  • As they pass the educational exhibits, Miss Pefko calls them magic.
  • This arcane, medieval word heckles Dr. Breed's sensibilities, since science is the opposite of magic.