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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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What precise phrase describes the condition of Weary's feet in Slaughterhouse-Five?

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Billy and Roland Weary meet up after the Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg. Though the eighteen-year-old American believes that he is a great soldier, he is not. Though he has all the needed equipment, he has only fired his gun once, and instead of killing anyone, it just gave away his position. He brings Billy through the countryside of Luxembourg until they are caught by Germans.

Weary dies from gangrene. When he and Billy are captured by Germans, they take his boots. The corporal goes through all of Roland’s possessions, pulling off his clothes and mocking his knife. The corporal takes Roland’s combat boots and gives him a pair of wooden clogs replacing them:

So Weary and Billy were both without decent military footwear now' and they had to walk for miles and miles, with Weary's clogs clacking, with Billy bobbing up-and-down, up-and-down, crashing into Weary from time to time.

The small clogs don’t fit Roland, and each step he takes hurts them even more. Eventually, he dies when the destruction to his feet is just too much. Vonnegut tells us “he hinged clogs were transforming his feet into blood puddings.” With each step, he blamed Billy for his current situation. Vonnegut tells us that Weary dies “of gangrene that had started in his mangled feet. So it goes.”

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