The exchange with Orr when Yossarian returns to his tent is another example of a classic comic routi

The exchange with Orr when Yossarian returns to his tent is another example of a classic comic routi

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Unformatted text preview: The exchange with Orr when Yossarian returns to his tent is another example of a classic comic routine based on responses that seem nonsensical (non sequiturs) but in fact are valid within the context of the routine. It also reveals Orr's playful nature and his pleasure in having his own little secrets. Looking at just the dialogue, we can see the comic rhythm of the piece: Orr: "When I was a kid, I used to walk around all day with crab apples in my cheeks. One in each cheek." Yossarian: "Why?" Orr (tittering triumphantly): "Because they're better than horse chestnuts. When I couldn't get crab apples, I used horse chestnuts. Horse chestnuts are about the same size as crab apples and actually have a better shape, although the shape doesn't matter a bit." Yossarian: "Why did you walk around with crab apples in your cheeks? That's what I asked."Yossarian: "Why did you walk around with crab apples in your cheeks?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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