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Unformatted text preview: Heller's similes create fresh, revealing comparisons. Yossarian's plane is like a lazy, fat fly targeted for extinction. The following planes look like terrified rats in a maze of flak. The contrast of Chapter 16 is just as striking. The very night of the Bologna mission, Yossarian is in Rome on leave. Juxtaposed against the terror, confusion and death of the raid on Bologna, Heller places the youthful joy and sensual celebration of Yossarian's brief romance with Luciana. She is a "tall, earthy, exuberant girl with long hair and a pretty face, a buxom, delightful, firtatious girl." She also has her secrets, and a little mystery never hurts. Yossarian meets Luciana at the Allied officers' club; they spend the evening flirting and jousting verbally: "All right, I'll dance with you," she said, before Yossarian could even speak. "But I won't let you sleep "All right, I'll dance with you," she said, before Yossarian could even speak....
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