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Cat's Cradle Chapter 52

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 52

No Pain

  • John looks through the pictures of Angela's family and other people she loves.
  • After seeing Dr. Hoenikker's picture, John wonders how the good doctor died. Angela tells him it was in their cottage during Christmas.
  • He died in his chair while Angela was out getting Christmas tree bulbs, and Newt and Frank were playing with a Labrador retriever they found on the snowy beach.
  • When they all got back, he was dead.
  • Naturally, Angela and Newt neglect to mention their Christmas present: a heaping helping each of ice-nine.