Chapter 9 Catch 22 Question

Yossarian is responsible for the C.I.D investigation into someone signing Washington Irving's name to offical documents. Explain why Major Major beings doing this.

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A C.I.D. man passes by, and although Yossarian reassures Milo that the officer is only looking for “Washington Irving.” Milo says that it is a trick to make him confess about his black market operations. Yossarian infuriatingly declares that he will not fly the 55 missions and will go see Major Major. Milo replies that doing so is futile, so Yossarian says he will return to the hospital. Milo then asks Yossarian to give him one package of pitted dates; in return, he gives Yossarian a quarter of McWatt’s yellow bedsheet.

McWatt arrives, flustered and confused about what to do with his bedsheet. When Milo suggests that McWatt form a syndicate, Yossarian becomes confused as well. Later, Milo admits to Yossarian he is frustrated with McWatt because the pilot failed to recognize that he had traded a quarter of his bedsheet for the dates.