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Chapter 28 and 29

Chapter 28 - Dobbs
Having flown two more missions, and hearing of a rumored return to Bologna, Yossarian visits Dobbs to agree to his assassination plan. Dobbs, however, has changed his mind. Having completed sixty missions, Dobbs sees no reason to kill Colonel Cathcart. Yossarian reminds him that Cathcart will undoubtedly raise the number of missions again, but Dobbs refuses to do anything until that happens.

Dobbs suggests that maybe Orr will be willing to do it. After all, Orr gets shot down into the water on every single mission. But in truth, Orr is too stupid to know what danger he's in. In fact, the last time Orr was shot down, he gleefully paddled the inflatable raft, ate waterlogged emergency candy bars, and put out a fishing line, all the while enjoying himself profusely.

In a previous scheme to fake a mechanical failure and fly his plane to Switzerland, where he would spend the war in a luxurious internment camp, Yossarian thought about using Orr as his accomplice. But the man was simply too thick to understand the need to get out of the war.

When Orr and Yossarian are together in the tent, Orr generally annoys Yossarian. The small pilot continually tinkers with a portable stove, the very sight of which brings Yossarian to the brink of madness. Yossarian frequently imagines killing his roommate, which helps to ease the insanity. On one occasion, Orr notes that none of the prostitutes in Rome likes Yossarian, and he wonders why. He also urges Yossarian to fly with him on some future mission, to which Yossarian strenuously objects, since his roommate is such a magnet for anti-aircraft fire.

At the end of the chapter, Orr's plane goes down as usual, but as Yossarian waits in the tent for his roommate to gleefully appear, hope begins to dwindle. It seems that Orr has finally been shot down for good.



Chapter 29 - Peckem
The men wake up the next morning to find that Scheisskopf (now a Colonel) has been sent overseas to serve with their squadron. Colonel Scheisskopf meets with General Peckem upon arrival. Peckem is initially taken aback that Colonel Scheisskopf doesn't seem to appreciate his clever puns and intelligent vocabulary. Instead, Colonel Scheisskopf is interested only in holding parades as soon as possible. When he finds out that this will not be possible, he is quite upset. His is even more upset when he learns that he will not be able to send for his wife, as he was promised.

Peckem fills him in on the "war": not the actual war, which is on hold for a few months, but the war to take control of General Dreedle's operation, which must be carried out through good publicity and impressing people in the right places. Colonel Scheisskopf brings the conversation back to parades, and Peckem agrees that the Colonel may postpone parades as much as he wants, but can never actually hold them. This sets Colonels Scheisskopf and Cargill into a state of mistrust and hatred, as they vie for the favor of their superior. The three go off to Pianosa for an inspection.

They arrive at the base in time for the pre-mission briefing, which involves a mission to bomb a defenseless Italian village so as to send debris down a mountain and block a road which the Germans use for reinforcements. Both Yossarian and Dunbar balk at bombing a defenseless village, but their superiors will not entertain any discussions. Colonel Korn stops all argument by threatening the men with another mission to Bologna.

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