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One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey Part 1 chapter 14, narrated by Isaac BirchallChief Bromden recounts some of his military life, and how the hospital came into possession of a Fog Machine. These powerful machines were used heavily throughout the 2nd World War and helped the soldiers sneak onto enemy lines without having to worry about being taken out. You could see no more than 3ft in front of you; “Below the belt you would just disappear.” So that you could see you had to strain your eyes so that when you finally did see anything, it was in the clearest focus. Focusing to see took a lot of effort though, and it was so easy to get lost within it that Chief Bromden, once he got onto the Ward would just wander around, hoping to find something. Every time, no matter how much he thought he wandered the other way, he would manage to find the EST Machine Room where he received all of his treatments. After a while Bromden realised that it was easier to just sit in the fog and keep quiet. Since McMurphy’s arrival, the fog has been rolling in thicker and thicker, hoping to catch him off guard. The Compressors start up just as the meeting is about to start. The Nurse wants to have a staff meeting to discuss McMurphy and his continuation as a patient on their ward. The Fog rolls in more and more and it eventually becomes so thick that it lifts the chief out of his chair, and he lays floating there above everyone else in the room while Billy Bibbit is being interrogated by the Nurse. Bromden goes on floating while all the sound around him becomes muffled by the fog. A chair comes floating into his view but no matter how hard Chief Bromden tries, he cannot float over to it; he is becoming very scared. Col. Matterson comes floating into the Chief’s view, and as he starts to ramble in his preacher like way, Chief Bromden finally starts to understand what his ramblings mean. The other patients come by and slowly the Chief starts to understand all of their problems and woes. He Understands the patients like never before.McMurphy then finally comes out of the Fog, and it seems to the Chief like he is bringing people with him. He brings up TV time again to watch baseball, and gets finally manages, with help from the Chief to win a majority vote.
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