Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 508
McWatt is Yossarian’s usual pilot and is probably the craziest combat soldier of all because he is “perfectly sane and still does not mind the war.” He wears red pajamas and “fleecy bedroom slippers,” whistles show tunes, sleeps on colored bedsheets, and is in a constant state of happiness.
McWatt is impressed with Milo Minderbinder, the mess cook who buys eggs for seven cents each and sells them for five cents. Minderbinder, however, is impressed with the letter Yossarian obtained from Doc Daneeka entitling him to take all the fruit and fruit juices he wants.
Yossarian’s admittedly imaginary liver condition is perplexing to the cook, but Yossarian explains that since fruit is good for his liver, he never eats it and gives it away to anyone who wants it. Aarfy takes the prunes because he never gets enough in the mess hall, and Nately takes boxes of fruit to his prostitute in Rome. She and her family sell it on the black market to buy gaudy costume jewelry, cheap perfume, dirty pictures, and raw whiskey.
Minderbinder wants to be Yossarian’s partner but is denied. He will talk to his cook, Corporal Snark, about serving more prunes. Snark is always complaining that his talents are being wasted here, and Minderbinder wonders why Snark was demoted. Yossarian says Snark once mashed hundreds of cakes of soap into the sweet potatoes to prove that the men did not know good food from bad. Because they ate the potatoes so eagerly, everyone got sick and missions even had to be canceled.
Minderbinder is appalled and wants to move Stark “to the administrative side” because he wants to serve “the best meals in the whole world.” It is a lofty goal, but Yossarian sees that the young man is absolutely sincere. In his moral code, it is a sin to sell things for as much as the market will bear.
Minderbinder is upset that a...
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