Chapter 3 Summary


Only Orr and the dead man are there when Yossarian returns from the hospital. The dead man bothers him, but no one will admit the dead man ever existed—which of course he no longer does. Orr is trying to repair a gas leak in the stove and tells a frustratingly convoluted story about walking around with crab apples in his cheeks when he was a kid because he wanted round cheeks. Yossarian knows Orr will never tell him why he wanted round cheeks.

General P.P. Peckham is responsible for sending out the U.S.O. troops. He has moved his headquarters to Rome and spends his time scheming against General Dreedle. Dreedle refuses to obey Peckham’s ridiculous orders (such as requiring...

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