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    SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE

    OR THE CHILDREN'SCRUSADE

    A Duty-dance with Death

    KURT VONNEGUT !R"

    A #$u%th-&ene%ati$n Ge%an-Ae%icann$w (i)in& in ea*y ci%cu*tance*

    $n Ca+e C$d

    ,and *$in& t$$ uch.wh$ a* an Ae%ican in#ant%y *c$ut

    h$%* de c$/at

    a* a +%i*$ne% $# wa%

    witne**ed the #i%e-/$/in& $# D%e*den Ge%any'The F($%ence $# the E(/e'

    a ($n& tie a&$

    and *u%)i)ed t$ te(( the ta(e"Thi* i* a n$)e(

    *$ewhat in the te(e&%a+hic *chi0$+h%enic

    anne% $# ta(e*$# the +(anet T%a(#aad$%e

    whe%e the #(yin& *auce%*

    c$e #%$"

    1eace"

    G%anada 1u/(i*hin& Liited1u/(i*hed in 2345 /y 1anthe% 6$$* Ltd

    F%$&$%e St A(/an* He%t* AL5 5NF

    Re+%inted 2345 2347 8twice9 234: 234;

    Fi%*t +u/(i*hed in G%eat 6%itain /y !$nathan Ca+e Ltd 234a%*ha(( Si%

    R$/e%t Saund/y" C$+y%i&ht 23=7 /y Bi((ia Ki/e% and C$" Liited" Re+%inted /y +e%i**i$n

    $# H$(t Rineha%t and Bin*t$n Inc" and Bi((ia Ki/e% and C$" Liited"

    'Le)en Cent C$tt$n' /y 6$/ >i((e% and Ea De%e% C$+y%i&ht 235 2353 /y >CA >u*ic a

    Di)i*i$n $# >CA Inc" C$+y%i&ht %enewed 23;;23;= and a**i&ned t$ >CA >u*ic a di)i*i$n $#>CA Inc" U*ed /y +e%i**i$n"

    #$%>a%y OHa%e

    and

    Ge%ha%d >((e%

    The catt(e a%e ($win&

    The 6a/y awae*6ut the (itt(e L$%d !e*u*

    N$ c%yin& He ae*"

    One

    A(( thi* ha++ened $%e $% (e**" The wa% +a%t* anyway a%e +%etty uch t%ue" One &uy I new

    %ea((y wa* *h$t in D%e*den #$% tain& a tea+$t that wa*n't hi*" An$the% &uy I new %ea((y did

    th%eaten t$ ha)e hi* +e%*$na( eneie* i((ed /y hi%ed &unen a#te% the wa%" And *$ $n" I')echan&ed a(( the nae*"

    I %ea((y did &$ /ac t$ D%e*den with Gu&&enhei $ney 8G$d ($)e it9 in 23=4" It ($$ed a ($t

    (ie Dayt$n Ohi$ $%e $+en *+ace* than Dayt$n ha*" The%e u*t /e t$n* $# huan /$ne ea( inthe &%$und"

    I went /ac the%e with an $(d wa% /uddy 6e%na%d V" O'Ha%e and we ade #%iend* with a tai

    d%i)e% wh$ t$$ u* t$ the *(au&hte%h$u*e whe%e we had /een ($ced u+ at ni&ht a* +%i*$ne% $#

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    wa%" Hi* nae wa* Ge%ha%d >((e%" He t$(d u* that he wa* a +%i*$ne% $# the Ae%ican* #$% a

    whi(e" Be a*ed hi h$w it wa* t$ (i)e unde% C$uni* and he *aid that it wa* te%%i/(e at

    #i%*t /ecau*e e)e%y/$dy had t$ w$% *$ ha%d and /ecau*e the%e wa*n't uch *he(te% $% #$$d $%

    c($thin&" 6ut thin&* we%e uch /ette% n$w" He had a +(ea*ant (itt(e a+a%tent and hi* dau&hte%wa* &ettin& an ece((ent educati$n" Hi* $the% wa* incine%ated in the D%e*den #i%e-*t$%" S$ it

    &$e*"

    He *ent O'Ha%e a +$*tca%d at Ch%i*ta*tie and he%e i* what it *aid 'I wi*h y$u and y$u% #ai(y a(*$ a* t$ y$u% #%iend >e%%y Ch%i*ta* and a ha++y New ea% and

    I h$+e that we'(( eet a&ain in a w$%(d $# +eace and #%eed$ in the tai ca/ i# the accident wi(("'

    I (ie that )e%y uch 'I# the accident wi(("' I w$u(d hate t$ te(( y$u what thi* ($u*y (itt(e /$$ c$*t e in $ney and aniety and tie"

    Bhen I &$t h$e #%$ the Sec$nd B$%(d Ba% twenty-th%ee yea%* a&$ I th$u&ht it w$u(d /e ea*y

    #$% e t$ w%ite a/$ut the de*t%ucti$n $# D%e*den *ince a(( I w$u(d ha)e t$ d$ w$u(d /e t$ %e+$%twhat I had *een" And I th$u&ht t$$ that it w$u(d /e a a*te%+iece $% at (ea*t ae e a ($t $#

    $ney *ince the *u/?ect wa* *$ /i&"

    6ut n$t any w$%d* a/$ut D%e*den cae #%$ y ind then-n$t en$u&h $# the t$ ae a

    /$$ anyway" And n$t any w$%d* c$e n$w eithe% when I ha)e /ec$e an $(d #a%t with hi*e$%ie* and hi* 1a(( >a((* with hi* *$n* #u(( &%$wn" I thin $# h$w u*e(e** the D%e*den -+a%t $#

    y e$%y ha* /een and yet h$w te+tin& D%e*den ha* /een t$ w%ite a/$ut and I a %einded

    $# the #a$u* (ie%ic

    The%e wa* a y$un& an #%$ Sta/$u(

    Bh$ *$(i($@ui0ed thu* t$ hi* t$$('$u t$$ a(( y wea(th

    And y$u %uined y hea(th

    And n$w y$u w$n't +ee y$u $(d #$$(

    And I' %einded t$$ $# the *$n& that &$e*

    >y nae i* $n $n*$nI w$% in Bi*c$n*in

    I w$% in a (u/e%i(( the%e"

    The +e$+(e I eet when I wa( d$wn the *t%eetThey *ay 'Bhat'* y$u% nae

    And I *ay

    J>y nae i* $n $n*$nI w$% in Bi*c$n*in"""

    And *$ $n t$ in#inity"

    O)e% the yea%* +e$+(e I')e et ha)e $#ten a*ed e what I' w$%in& $n and I')e u*ua((y%e+(ied that the ain thin& wa* a /$$ a/$ut D%e*den"

    I *aid that t$ Ha%%i*$n Sta%% the $)ie-ae% $ne tie and he %ai*ed hi* eye/%$w* and

    in@ui%ed 'I* it an anti-wa% /$$' 'e*' I *aid" 'I &ue**"'

    '$u n$w what I *ay t$ +e$+(e when I hea% they'%e w%itin& anti-wa% /$$*'

    'N$" Bhat d$ y$u *ay Ha%%i*$n Sta%%''I *ay Bhy d$n't y$u w%ite an anti-&(acie% /$$ in*tead'

    Bhat he eant $# c$u%*e wa* that the%e w$u(d a(way* /e wa%* that they we%e a* ea*y t$ *t$+ a*

    &(acie%*" I /e(ie)e that t$$"

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    And e)en i# wa%* didn't ee+ c$in& (ie &(acie%* the%e w$u(d *ti(( /e +(ain $(d death"

    Bhen I wa* *$ewhat y$un&e% w$%in& $n y #a$u* D%e*den /$$ I a*ed an $(d wa%/uddy naed 6e%na%d V" O'Ha%e i# I c$u(d c$e t$ *ee hi" He wa* a di*t%ict att$%ney in

    1enn*y()ania" I wa* a w%ite% $n Ca+e C$d" Be had /een +%i)ate* in the wa% in#ant%y *c$ut*" Be

    had ne)e% e+ected t$ ae any $ney a#te% the wa% /ut we we%e d$in& @uite we((" I had the 6e(( Te(e+h$ne C$+any #ind hi #$% e" They a%e w$nde%#u( that way" I ha)e thi*

    di*ea*e (ate at ni&ht *$etie* in)$()in& a(c$h$( and the te(e+h$ne" I &et d%un and I d%i)e y

    wi#e away with a /%eath (ie u*ta%d &a* and %$*e*" And then *+eain& &%a)e(y and e(e&ant(yint$ the te(e+h$ne I a* the te(e+h$ne $+e%at$%* t$ c$nnect e with thi* #%iend $% that $ne #%$

    wh$ I ha)e n$t hea%d in yea%*"

    I &$t O'Ha%e $n the (ine in thi* way" He i* *h$%t and I a ta((" Be we%e >utt and !e## in the wa%"Be we%e ca+tu%ed t$&ethe% in the wa%" I t$(d hi wh$ I wa* $n the te(e+h$ne" He had n$ t%$u/(e

    /e(ie)in& it" He wa* u+" He wa* %eadin&" E)e%y/$dy e(*e in hi* h$u*e wa* a*(ee+"

    'Li*ten' I *aid 'I' w%itin& thi* /$$ a/$ut D%e*den" I'd (ie *$e he(+ %ee/e%in& *tu##" I

    w$nde% i# I c$u(d c$e d$wn and *ee y$u and we c$u(d d%in and ta( and %ee/e%"' He wa* unenthu*ia*tic" He *aid he c$u(dn't %ee/e% uch" He t$(d e th$u&h t$ c$e

    ahead"

    'I thin the c(ia $# the /$$ wi(( /e the eecuti$n $# +$$% $(d Ed&a% De%/y' I *aid" 'The i%$nyi* *$ &%eat" A wh$(e city &et* /u%ned d$wn and th$u*and* and th$u*and* $# +e$+(e a%e i((ed"

    And then thi* $ne Ae%ican #$$t *$(die% i* a%%e*ted in the %uin* #$% tain& a tea+$t" And he'* &i)en

    a %e&u(a% t%ia( and then he'* *h$t /y a #i%in& *@uad"' 'U' *aid O'Ha%e"

    'D$n't y$u thin that'* %ea((y whe%e the c(ia *h$u(d c$e' 'I d$n't n$w anythin& a/$ut it'

    he *aid" 'That'* y$u% t%ade n$t ine"'

    A* a t%a##ice% in c(iae* and th%i((* and cha%acte%i0ati$n and w$nde%#u( dia($&ue and

    *u*+en*e and c$n#%$ntati$n* I had $ut(ined the D%e*den *t$%y any tie*" The /e*t $ut(ine I e)e%

    ade $% anyway the +%ettie*t $ne wa* $n the /ac $# a %$(( $# wa((+a+e%" I u*ed y dau&hte%'* c%ay$n* a di##e%ent c$($% #$% each ain cha%acte%" One end $# the

    wa((+a+e% wa* the /e&innin& $# the *t$%y and the $the% end wa* the end and then the%e wa* a((

    that idd(e +a%t which wa* the idd(e" And the /(ue (ine et the %ed (ine and then the ye(($w(ine and the ye(($w (ine *t$++ed /ecau*e the cha%acte% %e+%e*ented /y the ye(($w (ine wa* dead"

    And *$ $n" The de*t%ucti$n $# D%e*den wa* %e+%e*ented /y a )e%tica( /and $# $%an&e c%$**-

    hatchin& and a(( the (ine* that we%e *ti(( a(i)e +a**ed th%$u&h it cae $ut the $the% *ide" The end whe%e a(( the (ine* *t$++ed wa* a /eet#ie(d $n the E(/e $ut*ide $# Ha((e" The %ain

    wa* c$in& d$wn" The wa% in Eu%$+e had /een $)e% #$% a c$u+(e $# wee*" Be we%e #$%ed in

    %an* with Ru**ian *$(die%* &ua%din& u*-En&(i*hen Ae%ican* Dutchen 6e(&ian*

    F%enchen Canadian* S$uth A#%ican* New ea(ande%* Au*t%a(ian* th$u*and* $# u* a/$ut t$*t$+ /ein& +%i*$ne%* $# wa%"

    And $n the $the% *ide $# the #ie(d we%e th$u*and* $# Ru**ian* and 1$(e* and u&$*(a)ian* and

    *$ $n &ua%ded /y Ae%ican *$(die%*" An echan&e wa* ade the%e in the %ain-$ne #$% $ne" O'Ha%eand I c(i/ed int$ the /ac $# an Ae%ican t%uc with a ($t $# $the%*" O'Ha%e didn't ha)e any

    *$u)eni%*" A($*t e)e%y/$dy e(*e did" I had a ce%e$nia( Lu#twa##e *a/e% *ti(( d$" The %a/id (itt(e

    Ae%ican I ca(( 1au( La00a%$ in thi* /$$ had a/$ut a @ua%t $# dia$nd* and ee%a(d* and %u/ie*and *$ $n' He had taen the*e #%$ dead +e$+(e in the ce((a%* $# D%e*den"' S$ it &$e*"

    An idi$tic En&(i*han wh$ had ($*t a(( hi* teeth *$ewhe%e had hi* *$u)eni% in a can)a* /a&"

    The /a& wa* %e*tin& $n y in*te+*" He w$u(d +ee int$ the /a& e)e%y n$w and then and he

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    w$u(d %$(( hi* eye* and *wi)e( hi* *c%awny nec t%yin& t$ catch +e$+(e ($$in& c$)et$u*(y at hi*

    /a&" And he w$u(d /$unce the /a& $n y in*te+*"

    I th$u&ht thi* /$uncin& wa* accidenta(" 6ut I wa* i*taen" He had t$ *h$w *$e/$dy what wa*

    in the /a& and he had decided he c$u(d t%u*t e" He cau&ht y eye wined $+ened the /a&"The%e wa* a +(a*te% $de( $# the Ei##e( T$we% in the%e" It wa* +ainted &$(d" It had a c($c in it"

    'The%e'* a *a*hin' thin&' he *aid"

    And we we%e #($wn t$ a %e*t ca+ in F%ance whe%e we we%e #ed ch$c$(ate a(ted i(*hae*

    and