Study Guide

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party Part 2, Chapter 1

By M.T. Anderson

Part 2, Chapter 1

  • It's the day after the whipping, and Bono tells Octavian that Octavian can't wear a shirt.
  • Why?
  • Octavian's back is completely bloody, so it'll just ruin the shirt.
  • Octavian's really disturbed by the cuts on his back because they're so open, spilling all his pain out; he feels the pain of the wounds so much that he cries.
  • Bono gives him the shirt anyway and tells him to put it on, but Octavian just shakes his head and cries some more.
  • He tells Bono that he pooped in the ice house, and that the poop wasn't weighed.
  • He asks Bono to tell Mr. Gitney the poop needs to be weighed, but Bono tells him nothing's being measured or weighed anymore.
  • Meanwhile, Cassiopeia is in the cellar, wrapped in a ball, bleeding into her dress like the stars bleeding into the evening sky.

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