Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 422
Sergeant Knight is really the one to blame for Yossarian’s breaking Nately’s nose on Thanksgiving Day. Milo Minderbinder provides an elaborate meal followed by all the cheap whiskey anyone can drink. Nearly everyone is either “merry or sick” in his drunkenness. Yossarian goes to bed early and is awakened a bit later to the sound of machine gun fire; this sends him under his cot in terror, a “trembling, praying ball” soaked with sweat.
He is furious to learn that that it was a drunken joke. He loads his .45 and leaves his tent, ignoring Nately’s attempts to stop him. The machine gun fire begins again and Yossarian is full of “ferocious rage and determination.” He begins running; Nately races after him and eventually Yossarian punches him in the nose in his determination to find the rioters. Yossarian meets Dunbar, who is also outraged at the reckless behavior, and they determine one of the shooters is Sergeant Knight. Before they go after Knight, they try to find and help Nately, but they cannot find him.
When they learn Nately is in the hospital, Yossarian and Dunbar also get themselves admitted and sneak into beds next to Nately. Nurse Duckett has decided she will marry a doctor, because doctors are rich and successful, so she will no longer compromise her reputation by maintaining a relationship with Yossarian. The chaplain is in the hospital with a case of Wisconsin shingles; he promised the doctors he would tell them when his disease goes away if they promised not to do anything to treat it. He...
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