Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 77

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 77

Aspirin and Boko-maru

  • John asks Julian how "Papa" is doing, but Julian doesn't have a clue. They aren't on speaking terms.
  • Why?
  • At the House of Hope and Mercy in the Jungle hospital, Julian and his staff administer Bokononist last rites to anyone who wishes it.
  • Since Julian is an American, he can do it minus a hook through his gut.
  • Julian tells them a bit about the Bokononist last rites, including the part about feet.
  • Julian believes he couldn't run his hospital without boko-maru or aspirin.
  • Does that mean there are a lot of Bokononists on the island?
  • Julian laughs. Seems everyone on the island is a Bokononist. So much for "the man" and his hook.

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