Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 72

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 72

The Pissant Hilton

  • The Crosbys check out, leaving John the only guest.
  • His room is pleasant enough, but it lacks coat hangers and toilet paper.
  • And let's be honest, no one wants to sleep in a room without coat hangers and toilet paper.
  • He heads into the hallway looking for someone to help and finds two people behind a door.
  • They are sitting on a shelf, shoes off, and touching the soles of their feet together.
  • They freak out and beg John not to tell anybody what he just saw. John's a little miffed, but when they mention they could get the hook, he promises not to tell.
  • Here's hoping they got a pinky-swear from him, too.
  • By the by, what John walked in on was called boko-maru. During this foot ceremony, Bokononists touch each other's feet sole-to-sole to mingle their souls together. Hey, whatever works for you, right?

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