Summary — Chapter 22: Milo the Mayor
We finally glimpse the meaning of the mysterious references to Snowden’s death: the death is the moment when Yossarian loses his confidence. While flying a mission after Colonel Korn’s ample briefing, Snowden loses his life when Dobbs goes insane and steals control of the plane from Huple. Snowden begs for Yossarian’s help as he dies. He complains that he is cold. Dobbs is not only a wreck personally but a horrible pilot. He later informs Yossarian that he intends to kill Colonel Cathcart before he increases the number of missions again. Dobbs believes this action is the only method of responding to Cathcart’s foolishness and recklessness. When he looks for Yossarian’s approval, the latter is unable to grant it. Dobbs gives up on his plan.
The narrator then delves into an episode in which Yossarian, Orr, and Milo go on a trip to get supplies. On their journey, Yossarian and Orr gradually come to understand how much Milo has control over the black market and how much influence he has internationally. Milo is not only the mayor of Palermo and the assistant governor-general of Malta, but also the sheik of Araby, the Iman of Damascus, the caliph of Baghdad, and the vice-shah of Oran. He is seen as a god in certain areas of Africa. It is his power to revitalize economies with his syndicate that has caused him to be embraced in every region he has gone. During the trip, Milo sleeps in luxurious palaces while Yossarian and Orr have to spend their nights on the plane. Yossarian and Orr are woken up late at night so that Milo is able to rush a shipment of red bananas to the next stop.
Summary — Chapter 23: Nately’s Old Man
Nately finds his prostitute one evening in Rome. This is after an extensive search. He tries to convince Aarfy and Yossarian to pay thirty dollars each to be with two of her friends. Aarfy seems offended. He says he has never paid for sex. Nately’s prostitute is tired of Nately and starts to swear at him. Hungry Joe gets there. The group leaves Aarfy and heads to the apartment building where the girls reside. In this spot the men discover an apparently endless number of naked young women. Hungry Joe cannot decide whether he should stay and enjoy the scene or go back for his camera. Nately gets into an argument about moral duty and nationalism with an elderly man who resides in the building. The old man declares that Italy is outdoing America in the war. This is because Italy is already occupied, and this means that Italians are no longer losing their lives. He then indicates that America likely won’t endure as long as frogs, as those animals have existed for five hundred million years. Nately, who is idealistic and patriotic, contends in a rather halting manner for the international supremacy of America. He endorses the values that the country represents. However, he finds it disturbing that the elderly man brings to mind his father. Nately’s prostitute is continually indifferent to Nately, and this aggravates him. She eventually leaves him and goes to bed as he continues in his argument with the old man. The following morning, the prostitute lets Nately sleep with her. However, her little sister quickly interrupts them.
Summary — Chapter 24: Milo
Milo’s influence becomes even more significant by the time April arrives. He plays a large role in the world’s economy, controls the international black market, and has air force planes belonging to many different countries to transport his supply shipments. The planes are branded with a specific logo, “M & M Enterprises.” Milo, however, continues to argue that every person has a share in his syndicate. In order to bomb the Germans, Milo contracts with the Americans. On the other hand, he contracts with the Germans to destroy American planes. German anti-aircraft guns put in use by Milo were even able to shoot down Mudd, the dead man who is in Yossarian’s tent, for which Yossarian is angry at Milo. Milo desires help from Yossarian in coming up with a solution for getting rid of the massive amounts of Egyptian cotton that he owns. He has found that he cannot sell it and it could bring an end to the entirety of his operation. Milo’s planes start bombing his own camp one evening. He has entered another contract with the Germans. This attack wounds and kills dozens of men. Nearly everyone wants to bring an end to M & M Enterprises at this moment. However, Milo shows proof of how much money the people have made. Nearly all of the survivors are willing to forgive him. Yossarian is naked, watching Snowden’s funeral while sitting in a tree. Milo looks for him to discuss the cotton. He offers Yossarian some chocolate-covered cotton. He tries to make him think that it is candy. Yossarian suggests that Milo request that the government purchase his cotton. Milo thinks this is a highly intelligent idea.
Summary — Chapter 25: The Chaplain
The chaplain is distressed. He feels that no one treats him like a normal human being. Everyone seems to be uncomfortable around him. He finds the soldiers intimidating and is generally ineffective in his position as religious leader. His misery grows. He finds himself sustained only by the religious visions that he has experienced since he arrived. This includes a vision of a naked man in a tree watching Snowden’s funeral. (Of course, we know that the naked man was Yossarian). He has dreams of his wife and children dying in horrible ways while he is gone. He tries to meet with Major Major to discuss the number of missions the men are required to fly. However, he discovers that Major Major will not let him into his office except when he isn’t there. When he goes to see Major Major a second time, the chaplain comes across Chief White Halfoat’s old roommate, Flume. Flume is so fearful that his throat will be slit in his sleep that he starts living in the forest. The chaplain then finds out that Colonel Cathcart has made Corporal Whitcomb sergeant for an idea that the colonel thinks will give him a place in the Saturday Evening Post. While at the officers’ club, the chaplain makes an attempt at mingling with the men. Colonel Cathcart throws him out on a regular basis, though. The chaplain starts doubting everything, including God.
Summary — Chapter 26: Aarfy
One night, Nately falls in love with his prostitute. The woman is naked from the waist down, and she sits in a room with many enlisted men who are playing blackjack. Nately is the only one who is interested, but she eventually gets tired of him. She will not take the money he offers her to stay. Nately is offended when Aarfy calls her a slut. Yossarian is hit by flak on a flight. Aarfy is the navigator. Yossarian suffers a wound in the leg and is brought to the hospital. At the hospital, he and Dunbar change their identities by forcing men of a lower rank to trade beds with them. Dunbar steals A. Fortiori’s identity. Their ploy is finally discovered by Nurse Cramer and Nurse Duckett. Nurse Duckett grabs Yossarian’s ear and drags him back to bed.