Later, Yossarian wakes up to find a mean-looking man in a hospital gown leering at him, saying, “We’ve got your pal.” He asks who his pal is, and the man tells Yossarian he will find out. Yossarian lunges for him, but the man glides away and vanishes. Yossarian then has a flashback to Snowden’s death, which he relives in all its agony. Smiling at him wanly, Snowden whimpers, “I’m cold.” Yossarian reassures him and tries to mend the wound in Snowden’s leg, thinking that he will live. Finally, Yossarian opens up Snowden’s flak suit, and Snowden’s insides spill out all over him. Yossarian remembers the secret he read in those entrails: “The spirit gone, man is garbage.” He thinks to himself that man is matter and that, without the spirit, man will rot like garbage. Summary — Chapter 42: Yossarian In the hospital, Yossarian tries to explain to Major Danby why he can no longer go through with Cathcart and Korn’s deal: he won’t sell himself so short, and he won’t betray the memory of his dead friends. Yossarian tells Danby that he plans to run away, but Danby tells him that there is no hope, and Yossarian agrees. Suddenly, the chaplain bursts in with the news that Orr has washed ashore in Sweden. Yossarian realizes that Orr must have planned his escape all along and joyfully decides that there is hope after all. He has the chaplain retrieve his clothes and decides to desert the army and run to Sweden, where he can save himself from the madness of the war. As he steps outside, Nately’s whore tries to stab him again, and he runs into the distance.
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