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  • All they ever really saw of the soldier in white was a frayed black hole over his mouth.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • 'Don't let him bite his tongue off,' a short sergeant near Yossarian advised shrewdly, and a seventh man threw himself into the fray to wrestle with the ill lieutenant's face.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He had lost a few inches and added some weight, but Yossarian remembered him instantly by the two stiff anus and the two stiff, thick, useless legs all drawn upward into the air almost perpendicularly by the taut ropes and the long lead weights suspended from pulleys over him and by the frayed black hole in the bandages over his mouth.  (not reviewed by editor)

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