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As often is the case, however, the chapter named for one character is really about someone else.  Chapter 7 is mostly about Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder, the new mess officer and a burgeoning  entrepreneurial wizard. Chapter 8 flashes back to the previous year when Yossarian was in cadet  school at Santa Ana, California, with Clevinger. Because he offends Lieutenant Scheisskopf,  Clevinger is put on trial. The Milo Minderbinder subplot will play an important part in the rest of the novel. Heller uses Milo to  satirize the graft and corruption of capitalism gone amok. When Milo becomes the new mess officer,  he finds a perfect opportunity to put his larcenous talents to work. He is a virtuous man, we are told,  a man of principle who wants only the best for his men — as long as it is really best for himself. One  of his moral principles is that it is "never a sin to charge as much as the traffic [will] bear."
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  • Fall '11
  • staff
  • Yossarian, black market. Yossarian, fruit. Milo, new mess officer, Clevinger., Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder

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