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Unformatted text preview: Aarfy may be the most despicable character in the novel. At first he seems merely incompetent, a navigator who somehow manages to direct his plane into the worst flak on a mission that is supposed to be so easy that it's called a "milk run." Or perhaps he is just inadvertently in the wrong place at the wrong time; he has an annoying habit of getting in Yossarian's way during times of crisis. Maybe he isn't just harmless. During the second raid on bologna, as flak concussions slam against the plane, Aarfy invades the bombardier's space and frustrates Yossarian's movement, refusing to leave. The air fills with sweet clouds of blue smoke, and Yossarian is certain that he is about to die, until he notices that the smoke comes from his "grinning, moon-faced navigator" who is enjoying his pipe. Aarfy is no help in a crisis. Whenever anyone calls to him for help, Aarfy mysteriously cannot pipe....
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- Fall '11