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Chapter 11 and 12

Chapter 11 - Captain Black
Captain Black is truly evil character in a book filled with unsympathetic characters. In a state of perpetual anger because Major Major was chosen over him to head the squadron, he is overjoyed the moment the men are sent in for the siege of Bologna. He looks forward to their suffering with relish, since he would not be going into combat himself.

Believing himself outsmarted by Major Major, he decides that his rival must be a communist, and devises a scheme to discredit him. He develops a loyalty oath, which all men must sign, and then does not allow Major Major to sign it. These loyalty oaths multiply until there are more than anyone can count, and none that Major Major has signed. For his failure to sign, among other things, Major Major is refused permission to eat. The scheme comes to an end when the very mysterious and frightening Major -------- de Coverly refuses the oaths and orders them all stopped, by saying, simply "gimme eat."

Chapter 12 - Bologna
This chapter describes the intense fear and anxiety at the base during the siege of Bologna, an event that took place sometime in the past. The men all feel sure that they will die in the course of this mission. Despite all this great unease, bizarre circumstances conspire so as to prevent the men ever getting involved in combat.

First it rains for a very long period. Since it is impossible to use wet runways, and it is also impossible to bomb a target obscured by rain, the mission is continually postponed due to rain in either Pianosa, or in Bologna, or both. Like Hungry Joe, the men are caught in an unending spiral: the more it rains, the more uneasy they become; but the more uneasy they become, the more they pray it will continue to rain.

When it seems the rain has finally let up, Yossarian acts. In the middle of the night, he sneaks into the intelligence tent, and moves the bomb line on the map so that it covers Bologna. The bomb line signifies the area controlled by friendly forces, and it is impossible and pointless to bomb any area behind the bomb line.

This seemingly sophomoric attempt succeeds brilliantly, fooling all the higher-ranking officers into canceling the bombing. Clevinger, however, is not pleased. He questions Yossarian's morality, pointing out that the ground troops will suffer without air support. Yossarian answers simply that while it is true that someone has to do the bombing, he does not see why it should be him; especially since his superior officers only want promotions, and are willing to risk his life for advancement. In closing, he suggests that anyone, German or American, who tries to kill him, is the enemy.

At the end of the chapter, Yossarian picks a fight with Colonel Korn, and is driven away from the officer's club in a jeep by a drunken Chief White Halfoat, who quickly crashes the jeep. The officers are rescued by Clevinger. When they return to base in the morning, Yossarian stops Hungry Joe from killing a cat with an ingenious compromise.

Hungry Joe dreams that the cat is killing him, so when he wakes he points a gun at the animal. Yossarian quickly takes the cat and Hungry Joe outside, takes away the gun, and says "let's have a fair fight." The cat, of course, runs away safe, and Hungry Joe exults in "winning" the bout.

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