Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 44

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 44

Communist Sympathizers

  • John returns to his seat by the Mintons. They're still reading their book.
  • The Mintons ask John who it was he was talking to. Guess they overheard Crosby mention to John that they were Communist sympathizers. Oh, awkward.
  • John tells them, but Minton corrects Crosby's claim. He says he was fired for "pessimism" and that Communism was a non-issue.
  • Then Claire corrects her husband's correction. She says she got him fired when she wrote a letter to the New York Times. The letter claimed "Americans couldn't imagine what it was like to be something else, to be something else and proud of it" (44.14).
  • Wait, that's enough to get someone fired?

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