History Literature / CatchTwentyTwo

20th Jan '18 1:01:57 PM Bissek
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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Much of the story centers around the fact that most of the people in it are too busy focusing on their various personal obsessions to care about the pilots, the smooth running of the air base, and quite possibly the war itself.



* RapidFireInterrupting: Happens any time someone is brought up on (usually nonsensical) charges. If the officers doing the questioning actually let someone else finish a sentence, they might have actually gotten some useful information our of the process.

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* RapidFireInterrupting: Happens any time someone is brought up on (usually nonsensical) charges. If the officers doing the questioning actually let someone else finish a sentence, they might have actually gotten some useful information our out of the process.
22nd Dec '17 12:00:11 AM Mdumas43073
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A 1970 [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo film adaptation]], directed by Creator/MikeNichols and featuring an AllStarCast, was a commercial and critical flop. There was also a TV pilot made with Richard Dreyfuss as Yossarian, but it was never bought. A sequel, ''Closing Time'', was written by Heller and published in 1994. It flopped as well.

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A 1970 [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo film adaptation]], directed by Creator/MikeNichols and featuring an AllStarCast, was a commercial and critical flop. There was also a 1973 TV pilot made with Richard Dreyfuss Creator/RichardDreyfuss as Yossarian, but it was never bought. A sequel, ''Closing Time'', was written by Heller and published in 1994. It flopped as well.


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26th Nov '17 10:30:20 AM nombretomado
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* BilingualBonus: Lieutenant Scheisskopf = Lieutenant Shithead [[GermanLanguage auf Deutsch]].

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* BilingualBonus: Lieutenant Scheisskopf = Lieutenant Shithead [[GermanLanguage [[UsefulNotes/GermanLanguage auf Deutsch]].
27th Oct '17 7:23:04 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ScarSurvey: A subversion of the typical "{{badass}} soldier revealing his past" -- Yossarian asks Luciana about the scars on her back. She tells him that she got them as a bystander in an American air raid.

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* ScarSurvey: A subversion of the typical "{{badass}} "badass soldier revealing his past" -- Yossarian asks Luciana about the scars on her back. She tells him that she got them as a bystander in an American air raid.
27th Oct '17 4:51:15 PM BananaPancakes
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** Lt Col Korn, the brains behind the blustering Cathcart, is about the most affable antagonist in the book, possibly because he [[CardCarryingVillain knows he's evil]].
* AlliterativeName: The book is plagued with them: Doctor Dan Daneeka, Colonel Carl Cathcart, Milo Minderbinder and most famously, Major Major Major Major.

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** Lt Col Lt. Col. Korn, the brains behind the blustering Cathcart, is about the most affable antagonist in the book, possibly because he [[CardCarryingVillain knows he's evil]].
* AlliterativeName: The book is plagued with them: Doctor Dan Daneeka, Colonel Carl Cathcart, Milo Minderbinder Minderbinder, and most famously, Major Major Major Major.



--> '''Ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen''': "I almost cancelled [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Operation Overlord]] until [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] added more armor."

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--> '''Ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen''': "I almost cancelled [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Operation Overlord]] until [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] added more armor."



* ArcWords:

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* ArcWords:ArcWords



* BlueBlood: "The Natelys have never done ''anything'' for their money." So Lt. Nately's mother takes pride in telling him.



* Catch22Dilemma: The TropeNamer. Done over and over and over, as befits the work that coined the term.

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* Catch22Dilemma: The TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}. Done over and over and over, as befits the work that coined the term.



** Chaplain Shipman (Tappman in the movie and subsequent American editions of the book) has a plum tomato pushed upon him by Colonel Cathcart; later, this [[spoiler:becomes the bulk of the case presented against him by the military police, another example of the novel's major theme of bureacratic madness]].

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** Chaplain Shipman (Tappman in the movie and subsequent American editions of the book) has a plum tomato pushed upon him by Colonel Cathcart; later, this [[spoiler:becomes the bulk of the case presented against him by the military police, another example of the novel's major theme of bureacratic bureaucratic madness]].



* ChristianityIsCatholic: Averted with the Chaplain, an Anabaptist, whom everybody calls "Father" nonetheless.



* CorruptQuartermaster: Milo Minderbinder gets his start as one of these

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* CorruptQuartermaster: Milo Minderbinder gets his start as one of thesethese.



* EyepatchOfPower: Major ----- de Coverly has one, which is part of why he looks so commanding that everyone is too afraid to ask his first name. It turns out that he got the eyepatch after [[spoiler:an irreverent old man thought he looked too haughty and tossed a flower in his eye]].
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Orr pretends to have died in a plane crash to avoid getting caught when he escapes to Sweden]]. It's implied that a number of other characters who "died" were actually faking it, including [[spoiler:Clevinger]] - only [[spoiler:Kid Sampson and [=McWatt=]]] can be definitively said to be dead for real.

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* EyepatchOfPower: Major ----- ---- de Coverly has one, which is part of why he looks so commanding that everyone is too afraid to ask his first name. It turns out that he got the eyepatch after [[spoiler:an irreverent old man thought he looked too haughty and tossed a flower in his eye]].
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Orr pretends to have died in a plane crash to avoid getting caught when he escapes to Sweden]]. Sweden.]] It's implied that a number of other characters who "died" were actually faking it, including [[spoiler:Clevinger]] - -- only [[spoiler:Kid Sampson and [=McWatt=]]] can be definitively said to be dead for real.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Aarfy, a rotund, absentminded, childishly-naive college boy, who has a strong sense of principles, is nostalgic about his fraternity days, and constantly smokes his pipe. He's also a [[spoiler: sociopathic social climber, a serial rapist, and a murderer.]] At one point, he even goes so far as [[spoiler: fondly recounting the kidnapping, gangrape, and robbing of two high school girls by him and his frat brothers]] to Nately. He seems to sincerely believe that Nately will respect this.
* {{Foil}}: Dunbar shares Yosarrian's desire for self-preservation and caustic sense of humor which makes them fast friends. However, his main focus is prolonging his life through a sense of boredom as he already knows he's going to die eventually (unlike Yossarian's desperate fear of death). Eventually, [[spoiler:he goes mad in the hospital ward and "disappears" for the rest of the novel]], which hints at a potential fate for Yosarrian.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Aarfy, a rotund, absentminded, childishly-naive college boy, who has a strong sense of principles, is nostalgic about his fraternity days, and constantly smokes his pipe. He's also a [[spoiler: sociopathic social climber, a serial rapist, and a murderer.]] At one point, he even goes so far as [[spoiler: fondly recounting the kidnapping, gangrape, gang rape, and robbing of two high school girls by him and his frat brothers]] to Nately. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood He seems to believe sincerely believe that Nately will respect this.
this.]]
* {{Foil}}: Dunbar shares Yosarrian's desire for self-preservation and caustic sense of humor which makes them fast friends. However, his main focus is prolonging his life through a sense of boredom as he already knows he's going to die eventually (unlike Yossarian's desperate fear of death). Eventually, [[spoiler:he goes mad in the hospital ward and "disappears" for the rest of the novel]], which hints at a potential fate for Yosarrian.Yossarian.



* TheGenericGuy: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] with Major Major. Everyone who meets him finds it remarkable how unremarkable he is.

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* GeneralRipper: Cathcart is only an aspiring general, but Yossarian considers him his ''true'' enemy for constantly raising the threshold for discharge in the 256th -- which inevitably results in many more deaths in action.
* TheGenericGuy: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] {{Exaggerated|Trope}} with Major Major. Everyone who meets him finds it remarkable how unremarkable he is.



* HappilyMarried: The Chaplain

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* HappilyMarried: The ChaplainChaplain.



* HypocriticalHumor:
--> '''Chief White Halfoat''': "Racial prejudice is a terrible thing, Yossarian. It really is. It's a terrible thing to treat a decent, loyal Indian like a nigger, kike, wop or spic."
* ImColdSoCold: Snowden

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* HypocriticalHumor:
--> '''Chief
HypocriticalHumor
-->'''Chief
White Halfoat''': "Racial Racial prejudice is a terrible thing, Yossarian. It really is. It's a terrible thing to treat a decent, loyal Indian like a nigger, kike, wop or spic."
spic.
* ImColdSoCold: SnowdenSnowden.



** ''Catch-22'''s trademark brand of humour, so much that a logical paradox was named after it (the catch-22, of course).
** For example, Yossarian and Co. throw the uniforms of several Generals out the window while they are naked, because if they are naked they can't prove they are generals so Yossarian won't have to take orders from them. [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Even the Generals think this is a workable strategy.]]

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** ''Catch-22'''s ''Catch-22''[='=]s trademark brand of humour, so much that a logical paradox was named after it (the catch-22, of course).
** For example, Yossarian and Co. company throw the uniforms of several Generals generals out the window while they are naked, because if they are naked they can't prove they are generals so Yossarian won't have to take orders from them. [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Even the Generals generals think this is a workable strategy.]]



* KangarooCourt: Clevinger's trial at the hands of Lieutenant Scheisskopf, who was his prosecutor, defender and one of the judges. And Clevinger was only put on trial because Lieutenant Scheisskopf thought he was being a wise guy.

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* KangarooCourt: Clevinger's trial at the hands of Lieutenant Scheisskopf, who was his prosecutor, defender defender, and one of the judges. And Clevinger was only put on trial because Lieutenant Scheisskopf thought he was being a wise guy.



* LastNameBasis:
** You can read the entire book and miss Yossarian's first name; indeed, you might think Yossarian ''is'' his first name. It's only mentioned twice: at the end of the "Catch-22" chapter and early in the "Snowden" chapter (it's John).
** Major ---- de Coverly is so intimidating that no one is even brave enough to ''ask'' his first name.

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* LastNameBasis:
LastNameBasis
** You can read the entire book and miss Yossarian's first name; indeed, you might think Yossarian ''is'' his first name. It's only mentioned twice: at the end of the [[TitleDropChapter "Catch-22" chapter chapter]] and early in the "Snowden" chapter (it's John).
** Major ---- de Coverly Coverley is so intimidating that no one is even brave enough to ''ask'' his first name.



* MovingTheGoalposts: Colonel Cathcart keeps upping the number of missions that crews have to complete to be sent home whenever it looks like someone might actually make it. By the end of the book he had more than doubled the required mission count from what it was at the start, which started out being higher than the required mission count as specified by Army Air Corps regulations. Unfortunately, thanks to a Catch-22, the pilots aren't able to complain about this to anyone who anyone with enough rank to theoretically do something about this.

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* MovingTheGoalposts: Colonel Cathcart keeps upping the number of missions that crews have to complete to be sent home whenever it looks like someone might actually make it. By the end of the book he had more than doubled the required mission count from what it was at the start, which started out being higher than the required mission count as specified by Army Air Corps regulations. Unfortunately, thanks to a Catch-22, the pilots aren't able to can't complain about this to anyone who anyone with of high enough rank to theoretically do something about this.stop this (theoretically).



* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Aarfy

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* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: AarfyAarfy.
* NoNameGiven: Major ---- de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding that no one dares ask his first name.



** The thing Orr did to make a whore hit him repeatedly with her shoe is presented as this, complete with numerous [[UnReveal Unreveals]]. Subverted when [[spoiler: Yossarian finally works it out in the last few pages. "Because he was paying her to, that's why!" He was trying to get hurt badly enough to stay out of combat; when it didn't work, he faked his last crash and made his way to Sweden.]]
** The Dead Man in Yossarian's Tent is a particularly tragic one
* NoNameGiven: Major ---- de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding that no one dares ask his first name.

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** The thing Orr did to make a whore hit him repeatedly with her shoe is presented as this, complete with numerous [[UnReveal Unreveals]].UnReveal[=s=]. Subverted when [[spoiler: Yossarian finally works it out in the last few pages. "Because he was paying her to, that's why!" He was trying to get hurt badly enough to stay out of combat; when it didn't work, he faked his last crash and made his way to Sweden.]]
** The Dead Man in Yossarian's Tent (Mr. Mudd) is a particularly tragic one
* NoNameGiven: Major ---- de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding that no one dares ask his first name.
one.



* OnlySaneMan:

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* OnlySaneMan:OnlySaneMan



* PointyHairedBoss:

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* PointyHairedBoss:PointyHairedBoss



* RealJokeName / RepetitiveName: Major Major Major Major. Not even he had known he was named that until he enrolled in kindergarten. [[BlackComedy The news kills his mother.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While General Dreedle is a huge {{Jerkass}}, he also has no patience for the various bureaucratic nonsense that plagues Pianosa. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, by the time the Chaplain thinks to appeal to Dreedle to stop Cathcart, Dreedle has been overthrown by the far less reasonable Peckem and Scheisskops.]]

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* RealJokeName / RepetitiveName: Major Major Major Major. Not even he had known he was named that (he thought he was called Caleb) until he enrolled in kindergarten. [[BlackComedy The news kills his mother.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While General Dreedle is a huge {{Jerkass}}, he also has no patience for the various bureaucratic nonsense that plagues Pianosa. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, by the time the Chaplain thinks to appeal to Dreedle to stop Cathcart, Dreedle has been overthrown by the far less reasonable Peckem and Scheisskops.Scheisskopf.]]



* ScarSurvey: A subversion of the typical "badass soldier revealing his past" -- Yossarian asks Luciana about the scars on her back. She tells him that she got them as a bystander in an American air raid.

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* ScarSurvey: A subversion of the typical "badass "{{badass}} soldier revealing his past" -- Yossarian asks Luciana about the scars on her back. She tells him that she got them as a bystander in an American air raid.



* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: Enlisted Men. Cathcart says this to the Chaplain when stating that he wants to keep enlisted men out of the prayers. The best part is when Cathcart tells the Chaplain, "After all, you wouldn't want your sister to marry one", and the Chaplin replies his sister ''is'' an enlisted man, a Sergeant in the Women's Army Corps (WAC).

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* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: Enlisted Men. Cathcart says this to the Chaplain when stating that he wants to keep enlisted men out of the prayers. The best part is when Cathcart tells the Chaplain, "After all, you wouldn't want your sister to marry one", and the Chaplin Chaplain replies his sister ''is'' an enlisted man, (wo)man, a Sergeant in the Women's Army Corps (WAC).



* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Captain Black justifies forcing people to sign meaningless loyalty oaths in order to be allowed to eat by arguing that those who don't are ''choosing'' to starve to death rather than proclaim loyalty to their country (never mind that he's not letting people he doesn't like sign). Similarly, Milo Minderbinder claims that he's a huge supporter of the free market and thus always makes sure there is an alternative to buying his products, which is why he lets the army men ''choose'' whether to buy food from him or starve to death.

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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Captain Black justifies [[SadisticChoice forcing people to sign meaningless loyalty oaths in order to be allowed to eat eat]] by arguing that those who don't are ''choosing'' to starve to death rather than proclaim loyalty to their country (never mind that he's not letting people he doesn't like sign). Similarly, Likewise, Milo Minderbinder claims that he's a huge supporter of the free market and thus always makes sure there is an alternative to buying his products, which is why he lets the army men ''choose'' whether to buy food from him or starve to death.



* TextualCelebrityResemblance: Major Major Major Major looks like Creator/HenryFonda. Some characters even think he ''is'' Henry Fonda. Heller claimed to have written this with a movie adaptation in mind -- he wanted Major Major to be played either by Henry Fonda or someone who looked absolutely nothing like Henry Fonda. When [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo a movie was made in 1970]], they went the latter route with the casting of Creator/BobNewhart.

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* TextualCelebrityResemblance: Major Major Major Major looks like Creator/HenryFonda. Some characters even think he ''is'' Henry Fonda. Heller claimed to have written this the book with a movie adaptation in mind -- he wanted Major Major to be played either by Henry Fonda or someone who looked absolutely nothing like Henry Fonda. When [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo a movie was made in 1970]], they went the latter route with the casting of Creator/BobNewhart.



* WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: Between the made up or just not given names of the characters, it's easier to name all the characters that have average names as opposed to non average.

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* WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: Between the made up made-up or just not given names of the characters, it's easier to name all the characters that have average names as opposed to non average.unique.



* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: No-one knows what Major ---- de Coverly's official function is, and no-one is game enough to ask him.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Nately's whore]]

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* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: No-one Nobody knows what Major ---- de Coverly's official function is, and no-one is nor are they game enough to ask him.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Nately's whore]]whore.]]
4th Jul '17 7:29:39 AM Elitist226
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* OhCrap: Colonel Peckem (and just about all the top military brass) have one when they realize [[spoiler: Scheisskopf, a CloudCuckoolander PointyHairedBoss, has been promoted to authority over them--and wants them all to march in parades.]]

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* OhCrap: Colonel General Peckem (and just about all the top military brass) have one when they realize [[spoiler: Scheisskopf, a CloudCuckoolander PointyHairedBoss, has been promoted to authority over them--and wants them all to march in parades.]]
22nd May '17 9:36:45 AM Gregzilla
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* BandageMummy: a fully-bandaged wounded flier has one tube going in and one tube going out, and once a day the bottles of fluid attached to each tube are switched around. At least one person makes the claim that nobody's in there, [[CassandraTruth but nobody believes him]].

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* BandageMummy: The Soldiers in White, a fully-bandaged wounded flier has one tube going in and one tube going out, and once a day the bottles of fluid attached to each tube are switched around. At least one person makes the claim that nobody's in there, [[CassandraTruth but nobody believes him]].



* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The Soldier in White is so covered by bandages that no one knows anything about him or even if he's alive.

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* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The Soldier in White is so [[BandageMummy covered by bandages bandages]] that no one knows anything about him or even if he's alive.alive (or if there's even someone in there).
10th May '17 2:34:07 PM 43110
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** Aarfy, a rotund, absentminded, childishly-naive college boy, who has a strong sense of principles, is nostalgic about his fraternity days, and constantly smokes his pipe. He's also a [[spoiler: sociopathic social climber, a serial rapist, and a murderer.]] At one point, he even goes so far as [[spoiler: fondly recounting the kidnapping, gangrape, and robbing of two high school girls by him and his frat brothers]] to Nately. He seems to sincerely believe that Nately will respect this.



* DissonantSerenity: Aarfy.
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Aarfy, a rotund, absentminded, childishly-naive college boy, who has a strong sense of principles, is nostalgic about his fraternity days, and constantly smokes his pipe. He's also a [[spoiler: sociopathic social climber, a serial rapist, and a murderer.]] At one point, he even goes so far as [[spoiler: fondly recounting the kidnapping, gangrape, and robbing of two high school girls by him and his frat brothers]] to Nately. He seems to sincerely believe that Nately will respect this.
2nd Apr '17 3:58:37 PM Bissek
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* SeriousBusiness: A major part of the book is the fact that most of the cast holds their personal objectives (such as personal profit, loyalty oaths, military parades and the identification of "Washington Irving") as this, and disregard the smooth operation of the base and the prosecution of the war as being inconsequential.
26th Feb '17 3:54:24 PM Bissek
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* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Captain Black's Great Loyalty Oath Crusade required that soldiers sign loyalty oaths, recite the pledge of allegiance, and sing the national anthem numerous times before being allowed to eat - and then do it some more to get access to the condiments. People who didn't (or who weren't allowed to because the Captain didn't like them) were not allowed to be served at the mess. [[spoiler:Eventually Major ---- de Coverly pulls rank and forces him to stop.]]
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