"The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him"

In only the second sentence of the novel, the narrator employs two of its most common techniques: surprise and contradiction.

The comment that Yossarian, a man, falls in love at first sight with the chaplain, also a man, will catch most readers up short -- or certainly would have in 1961 when the book was first published. When the encounter is actually described a few pages later, there is no talk of love, let alone at first sight, though later in their conversation Yossarian is said to regard the chaplain with “affection.”

Note, however, that Yossarian also casually and even unintentionally victimizes the chaplain as described on the next page, under “Washington Irving.”