Yossarian's movement of the red satin ribbon, which indicates how far the Allies have advanced, does not fool the Germans; but it does fool Major _______ de Coverley. He thinks that Florence has now been captured, so he flies there to rent apartments for officers and enlisted men who might want to visit the city on short leaves. In a flashback, we learn how Milo became mess officer and began his syndicate. We also learn the details of Yossarian's performance during the bombing of Ferrara and the decision to award him a medal and promote him to Captain. Returning in time, we find that the mission to Bologna has been approved after all. Yossarian is the bombardier in Kid Sampson's plane that day but is no longer interested in medals or promotions. He just wants to get out of the assignment any way that he can. Heller is a master at indicating character through a brief description of physical characteristics and
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massive leonine head, red satin ribbon, procures rental apartments, personality quirks. Major, triumphal Allied procession, occupying Allied force