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Chapter 39

Chapter 39 - The Eternal City
Without permission, Yossarian flies with Milo to Rome, and throughout the flight, the mess officer criticizes Yossarian's attitude as bad for morale and potentially subversive. Yossarian ignores him, thinking only of Nately's prostitute, Kid Sampson, and all the other people who are gone. He forgives Nately's prostitute for blaming him, realizing that to everyone in an inferior position, all problems seem to be caused by the people in superior positions.

Arriving in Rome, he makes for the brothel, but finds only an old woman there. The old woman explains that the MP's had burst in and thrown everyone out. She explains that because of Catch-22, the MP's have a right to do anything they can't be stopped from doing. Although Yossarian is in shock from hearing the woman use the phrase "Catch-22" he questions her further on the whereabouts of the women, especially the kid sister of Nately's girl, who he worries is out in the city unprotected. The woman is unable to tell him anything else of use.

Yossarian enlists the help of Milo in tracking the girl down, but as soon as they sit down with the chief of police, Milo decides that he would prefer to trade in illegal tobacco than to look for a missing person. Once he leaves, the police chief throws Yossarian out. For the next several hours, Yossarian wanders the streets of Rome. In a sequence of events that is chillingly surreal, he comes across disturbing scenes of pain, horror, and people in distress. Destitute children, crying women, a dog being beaten by its owner, a boy being slapped and punched by his father, an American soldier having a seizure on the street, and a woman being raped by GI's are some of the terrifying scenes he comes across.

When he returns to the officer's apartment, he finds Aarfy sitting comfortably and smoking his pipe. Aarfy calmly tells Yossarian that he raped the maid and then threw her out the window to her death. Yossarian is horrified, although Aarfy appears completely calm and at ease. As Yossarian hysterically shouts that the police will lock Aarfy up and maybe execute him, the navigator simply puffs on his pipe and suggests that no one will bother for something so trivial as a poor Italian maid. As the argument continues, police sirens can be heard approaching and the sound of boots on the stairway grows louder. Just as Yossarian is sure that Aarfy is about to be arrested, the police barge in and arrest him for traveling without proper leave papers.

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