If you like Childan, get ready for an uncomfortable chapter. We're talking Curb Your Enthusiasmlevels of uncomfortable.
Childan is going over to the Kasouras' apartment for dinner. He's got a nice gift (scrimshaw) to give them, and he got a refund from Ray Calvin for those fake guns. So, he's feeling pretty good.
And then he starts talking politics with the Kasouras and they almost get into an argument. (Check this section out for how Childan seems pretty pro-Nazi, defending the honor of high-placed Nazis.)
On top of that, Childan finds himself attracted to Betty Kasouras.
And then, on top of that, they start discussing literature that Childan hasn't read. They discuss The Grasshopper Lies Heavy—and there's a cute discussion between Paul and Betty about whether alternate history fits in the "genre" of science fiction.
On top of that, Paul talks about how great jazz is, but Childan says he doesn't like anything but classical music.
During this super-awkward dinner, Childan notes that the world would be worse if the Allies won—Communism and Slavs and Jews everywhere. This only makes things more awkward when the Kasouras disagree.
As if things weren't awkward enough, Paul discusses Nathanael West's weird and troubling Miss Lonelyhearts, which has a "strange view about suffering" (101). (It has a strange view about everything.) Paul wonders if it's because West was Jewish.
To which Childan notes that it's a good thing the Germans won, or the Jews would be secretly running the world.
That's kind of the end of dinner—it's hard to get back on track after something like that. Try it at Thanksgiving and see. (Note: don't try it.) Childan feels a huge gap between him and these Japanese.
Back at his office, a policeman asks Childan about the guy who impersonated the admiral's assistant back in Chapter 4. Childan signs a paper that says this Frank Frink guy tried to swindle him.
And just so we know Childan is kind of a jerk, he notes that his favorite Nazi is Seyss-Inquart, the Nazi who masterminded the genocide in Africa.