Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach.
The only one who ever did dare address him was Milo Minderbinder, who approached the horseshoe-pitching pit with a hard-boiled egg his second week in the squadron and held it aloft for Major — de Coverley to see.
He was often tempted to join Major — de Coverley, but pitching horseshoes all day long seemed almost as dull as signing ’Major Major Major’ to official documents, and Major — de Coverley’s countenance was so forbidding that Major Major was in awe of approaching him.
The harried young man rose on one elbow with alacrity as they approached.
Why can’t we take a more positive approach?
Few people ever dared approach Major — de Coverley about anything and the only officer foolish enough to pitch one of his horseshoes was stricken the very next day with the worst case of Pianosan crud that Gus or Wes or even Doc Daneeka had ever seen or even heard about.
When his inspiring dissertation was finished, he gave the men the colors of the day still one more time, stressed the angle of approach and reviewed the weather conditions again.
Yossarian flipped his eyes open in alarm and saw the totally unexpected bulging black puffs of flak crashing down in toward them from high up and Aarfy’s complacent melon-round tiny-eyed face gazing out at the approaching cannon bursts with affable bemusement.
Approaching events were never coming, but always upcoming.
The chaplain was acutely conscious of the faint noise his footsteps made as he approached.
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As he approached his tent back in Pianosa, a figure reared up in the darkness right beside the path, and he fainted.
When he sat with them he had no need to sit with anyone else; his problem of where to sit was solved, and he was protected against the undesired company of all those fellow officers who invariably welcomed him with excessive cordiality when he approached and waited uncomfortably for him to go away.
Seeing everyone in the squadron he didn’t like afraid once again throughout the appalling, interminable Great Big Siege of Bologna reminded Captain Black nostalgically of the good old days of his Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade when he had been a man of real consequence, and when even big shots like Milo Minderbinder, Doc Daneeka and Piltchard and Wren had trembled at his approach and groveled at his feet.
He kept a leery eye out for Nately’s whore as he approached his tent.