It is especially embarrassing for the madly ambitious Colonel Cathcart when Yossarian's stunts occur in front of the wing commander, General Dreedle. Dreedle is a strict disciplinarian, "a blunt, chunky, barrel-chested man in his early fifties." He is gruff, somewhat sadistic, and used to having his orders obeyed. The General's entourage always includes his son-in-law, Colonel Moodus, and an unnamed, buxom nurse whose prodigious proportions are a delight to the General but torture to Moodus. Dreedle hates his son-in-law and keeps him around only to make sure that the young man never has a chance to be unfaithful to Dreedle's daughter. The General also enjoys tormenting him, at night dressing the nurse in a transparent silk uniform, too tight to allow for undergarments, that drives Moodus mad. The General guffaws while Moodus whimpers at the situation.
This is the end of the preview. Sign up
access the rest of the document.