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Unformatted text preview: We meet several key characters in the opening chapters. When the novel opens, Yossarian is in the base hospital, on Pianosa, faking a liver ailment. He has learned that the hospital can be a peaceful refuge and that liver ailments are difficult to diagnose. When able, hospitalized officers censor enlisted men's letters home; an early indication of Yossarian's character is the creative way he approaches this task, even altering one letter to resemble a love note and signing Chaplain Tappman's name. Others in Yossarian's ward include Dunbar, who thinks he can live longer by pursuing boring tasks and making time pass slowly, and the "soldier in white," an enigmatic figure smuggled into the ward in the middle of the night and encased from head to toe in gauze and plaster. Yossarian is so annoyed by a bigoted Texan that he soon returns to his regular quarters where his...
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