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Chapter 40 and 41

Chapter 40 - Catch-22
In a closed-door meeting with Yossarian, Colonels Korn and Cathcart offer a deal. They will send Yossarian home, with no more missions to fly, if he will simply be their "pal." This means he will be required to say good things about them, be seen smiling with them, and of course make sure everyone knows what fine commanding officers they are. The alternative is a court-martial.

Yossarian accepts the offer, but as he is leaving the tent, Nately's prostitute jumps out of hiding and stabs him in the side.

Chapter 41 - Snowden
Yossarian wakes in the hospital. He is very groggy, and only half-remembers seeing, at different moments, the Chaplain, Colonel Korn, and a mysterious man who says "we've got your pal."

When he is more alert, Yossarian tells the Chaplain about the deal he made, and he begins to feel bad about it. Despite the Chaplain's advice, Yossarian decides not to accept the deal. The Chaplain also brings bad news; Hungry Joe had been killed the day before on a mission.

He is awakened the next night again by the man who says "we've got your pal" and when Yossarian asks what he means, he responds only "you'll find out." Unable to sleep, Yossarian lays awake thinking again and again of the Avignon mission on which Snowden died. Finally, after mentioning the incident many times throughout the course of the book, Yossarian makes clear the complete sequence of events.

When Dobbs went crazy and dove the bomber back into heavy anti-aircraft fire, Snowden was hit. When the plane reached a safe altitude again, Yossarian rushed to the back to help him. Snowden had a huge chunk taken out of his leg by a shell, and was in pain. Yossarian went for morphine, but in the medical kit, where the morphine should have been, was a note from Milo, saying "What's good for M & M Enterprises is good for the country. Milo Minderbinder." Yossarian did the best he could to bandage the terrible wound and calm Snowden down.

It was only after ten or fifteen minutes of work on the leg wound, when he thought everything was going to be OK, that Yossarian discovered the terrible truth. Growing weaker and weaker, Snowden pointed limply to his shoulder area, where Yossarian saw a tiny spot of blood. As he removed the injured man's flak jacket, Yossarian saw that a shell had entered the man's body right through the unprotected armpit of the jacket. It had torn out his entire stomach area, but the shell and the wound had remained hidden by the protective armor of the flak suit. Unable to do anything, Yossarian watched Snowden die slowly as his insides slid out over the floor of the cabin. This, says Yossarian to himself, was Snowden's secret: that we are all just guts; that "man is matter."

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