Chapters 9-10 Summary and Analysis
Bertram Copeland Rumfoord: a history professor writing on Dresden
Lily Rumfoord: Rumfoord’s trophy wife
After she hears Billy’s airplane has crashed, the hysterical Valencia rushes to the hospital, ripping the exhaust system off her car in an accident en route. Immediately after arriving, she is overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning. Shortly thereafter, she dies.
Billy is still unconscious. He is sharing a room with Bertram Rumfoord. Rumfoord’s wife, Lily, brings Bertram books for the history of the United States Army Air Corps in World War II that he is writing. Rumfoord makes Lily read Truman’s statement on the necessity of bombing...
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