Study Guide

Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 8, Section 8

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 8, Section 8

  • Billy parks his Cadillac and waits for Trout to stop yelling at his newsboys.
  • When the meeting ends, there is one boy left behind who wants to quit.
  • Trout asks the kid if he is a gutless wonder.
  • The Gutless Wonder is a title of another of Trout's books. This book was published in 1932, but it predicts the use of burning jellied gasoline as a weapon dropped from airplanes.
  • The person who drops this burning gas is a robot with bad breath. No one minds that he has killed lots of people, but they won't spend time with him until he clears up his bad breath.