Catcher in the Rye Quotes (Responses)
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5/29/2014 18:26:151I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on
top of Thomsen Hill, right next to this crazy cannon that was in the Revolutionary War
and all
Away from the game watching on a hillI think that he is away from the game because the people at the school do not like him so he tries not to put himself in a situation that he will get made fun ofFinally old Mrs. Spencer opened. it. They didn't have a maid or anything, and they always opened the door themselves.after watching the game he went to the Spencer's houseMaybe this could be like a safe place for him to get away.We'd gone in to New York that morning for this fencing meet with McBurney School. Only, we didn't have the meet. I left all the foils and equipment and stuff on the goddam subway.
flashback of earlier when they were heading to the fencing matchSince he forgot all of the equipment everyone made fun of him and that made him feel unwantedDallas Syfert
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5/28/2014 18:19:552"One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies."
This was when Holden was talking to Mr. Spencer This is a recurring pattern that Holden keeps falling into of dropping out of school. Now its kind of like its his fault that he keeps leaving schools because its happened so many times. "Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game...But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then whats a game about?"
This was when Holden was talking to Mr. Spencer referring to the conversation he had with Mr. Thurmer. This quote Holden is talking about life and how sure its a game if life is all good and your on the right side but what if your on the bad side then its not a game at all and life is so much different than it would be if you were on the other side. "Do you blame me for flunking you, boy?"Mr. Spencer asking Holden if he is responsible for why he flunked history. This is Mr. Spencer asking if it is his problem as to why Holden failed when really it is Holden's problem because he keeps flunking. Alicia Antonopoulos
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6/3/2014 9:06:123“He [Ossenburger] told us we should always pray to God--talk to Him and all- wherever we were. He told us we ought to think of Jesus as our buddy and all. He said he talked to Jesus all the time. Even when he was driving his car. That killed me. I just see
the big phony bastard shifting into first gear and asking Jesus to send him a few more stiffs.”
He thinks Ossenburger is fake and will charge $5 to kill someone.Holden is implying Ossenburger is a fake. Holdon lacks faith in humanity.“Then we shook hands. And all that crap. It made me feel sad as hell, though.”
Stradlater walked into the room where Ackley and Holden were talking. He was in a rush because he was late for his date.
Holden is showing jealousy towards Stradlater. He lacks human companionship and for that reason he felt sad. “What really knocks me out is a
book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”
Holden is referring to his favorite books and authors. Again we see Holden subconsciously looking for human companionship. He is searching for someone who has the same interests as him.
Bentley Campbell & Lindsey Slader
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6/2/2014 11:38:294“He always looked good when he was finished fixing himself up, but he was a secret slob anyway, if you knew him the way I did".Holden got bored in the dorm and started bugging Stradlater while he was shaving. Holden started thinking about things he didn't like about Stradlater. Holden was annoyed with Stradlater because everyone, including Stradlater, thought he was so handsome and amazing, but really he was a slob. So Holden considers him a phony, a secret slob. “‘She wouldn't move any of her kings… She just liked the way they looked when they were all in the back row.’ Stradlater didn't say anything. That kind of stuff doesn't interest most people”Holden just found out that Stradlater was going on a date with Jane, who used to be Holden's best friend as a child. Holden starts going on a rant about all the things he remembers about Jane. This shows how Holden actually respects Jane as a person rather than Stradlater who only thinks of her as a sexual object. It also shows how Holden has a romantic feeling towards Jane because he remembers all these little quirks that only someone who is in love would remember. “‘I oughta go down and say hello to her, at least...I'm not in the mood right now,’ I said. I wasn't, either. You have to be in the mood for those things”.When Holden is talking about Jane to Stradlater, and about what Stradlater is going to do on his date with her. This shows he's a coward, but this passiveness towards her shows his true feelings toward her. Chloe Murphy
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6/1/2014 22:46:445"He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty
times as intelligent. He was terrifically intelligent."
This is Holden talking about his younger brother after he said that he was going to write the composition about his mitt. This quote talks about what Holden thought about his brother Allie. This shows how Holden saw him and is the beginning of my interpretation of why it was unfair that Allie died. "He never got mad at anybody. People with red hair are supposed to get mad very easily,
but Allie never did, and he had very red hair. I'll tell you what kind of red hair he had...-and he was sitting there, about a hundred and fifty yards behind me, watching me tee off. That's the kind of red hair he had"
Holden is still talking about the kind of person Allie was.This quote is another statement about Allie from Holden saying how nice Allie was and how even though he had red hair, he was the complete opposite of the way people thought people with red hair were supposed to act. "I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them. I really don't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. Holden is talking about his reaction to Allie dying.This quote shows how Holden's parents were going to have him psychoanalyzed because of his reaction to Holden dying (anger), rather than Holden dying. Delaney Cleveland
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6/2/2014 0:18:035“I wasn't too crazy about doing it, but I couldn't think of anything else descriptive. Besides, I sort of liked writing about it.”Holden is thinking about a topic to write about for a composition that is due for school. He is contemplating whether or not to write about his brother Allie that died.Holden is writing about his brother Allie who had passed away for Stradlater’s report. He claims to not mind and that he liked writing about Allie. It was the only thing descriptive enough to write about. Even though he is failing his own classes, he is willing to write about something he is passionate about for someone else.“It looked pretty as hell, and we all started throwing snowballs and horsing around all over the place. It was very childish, but everybody was really enjoying themselves.”Holden is outside with the rest of the kids participating in a snowball fight.Holden seems to be breaking out of his shell by participating in a snowball fight. Even though to him it seemed childish, he was having fun with the other students.“God, he was a nice kid, though. He used to laugh so hard at something he thought of at the dinner table that he just about fell off his chair. I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them. I really don't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it.”Holden is talking about his brother that passed away from leukemia and what he did when he was upset about his death. When Allie died, there was obviously some depression that kicked in. This can be seen from the temper outbursts along with the fact that he did not feel any pain when he broke his hand. This was a major event in Holden’s life because it led to possible further psychological issues as his life progressed.Brett Campbell and Cameron Adlawan
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6/2/2014 23:26:347“I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead.” - HoldenHolden had just asked Ackley for a cigarette but Ackley didn’t have one. Holden now walks to the window and thinks this to himself.Holden has expressed his emotions but only to himself and the reader. He also shows signs that he is possibly bipolar or dramatic.“It just drove me stark staring mad when I thought about her and Stradlater parked somewhere in that fat-assed Ed Banky’s car. Every time I thought about it, I felt like jumping out the window.” - HoldenHolden is still in Ackley’s room laying on Ely’s bed thinking about Jane.Holden never wants to admit his want for a female in his life yet it is obvious. He is actually jealous of Stradlater in this situation. “I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddam voice, ‘Sleep tight, ya morons!’” - HoldenHolden was walking down the stairs about to leave towards a cheap hotel room in New York to escape his problems with his peers.Holden was excited to leave because he was not happy with his current arrangements. He disregards that everyone is asleep just so he could yell and show his excitement of leaving.Shaun Arnett, Siun Omahony
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6/10/2014 0:04:038"Rudolf Schimdt," I told her. I didn't feel like giving her my whole life history. Rudolf Schmidt was the name of the janitor of our dorm."This quote takes place when Morrow’s mother gets on the train and notices that Holden has a Pencey Prep sticker.
This quote shows that Holden has a long life story about all of his problems that he doesn’t like to
share it with everybody.
"Well, no, not exactly, but I can usually get them on account of my height," I said. "And I have quite a bit of gray hair."
This quote takes place when Holden is asking Morrow’s mother if she wants to have a cocktail.This shows that Holden is not a normal kid and has a drinking problem as well as a smoking problem.
“But I wouldn't visit that sonuvabitch Morrow for all the dough in the world, even if I was desperate.”
This quote takes place when Morrow’s mother is getting off of the train.
It is saying how he really does not like Ernest even though he was just telling her that he did. Connor Hisgen
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6/4/2014 0:13:089"You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance?"Holden is getting a ride to the Edmont Hotel and starts a conversation with the driver asking him about ducks.This quote is important because Holden represents the ducks in a way and the reason he keeps wondering what the ducks do is because he wants to know what he should do since he feels lost in a way."I'd put on my red hunting cap when I was in the cab, just for the hell of it, but I took it off before I checked in. I didn't want to look like a screwball or something"after getting a cab ride to the Edmont Hotel as he's about to get out of the cab he puts on his hunting cap.The hunting cap is important to Holden because it makes him feel like he is above everyone else but the fact that he took it off symbolizes the fact that he wants to fit in with people."Last year I made a rule that I was going to quit horsing around with girls that, deep down, gave me a pain in the ass. I broke it, though, the same week I made it--the same night, as a matter of fact."Holden is thinking about himself after he views the people doing bizarre things near their windows at the Hotel.This quote is important because it shows that Holden cannot keep focused on one specific thing or even follow a rule that he made for himself.German Goncharuk
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6/10/2014 20:10:179“I'd put on my red hunting cap when I was in the cab, just for the hell of it, but I took it off before I checked in. I didn't want to look like a screwball or something. Which is really ironic. I didn't know then that the goddam hotel was full of perverts and morons. Screwballs all over the place.” (33)Holden says this as he arrives at Edmont hotel and puts on his red hunting cap on but then takes it back off.This shows he is insecure and cares about the way people view him. He is afraid of looking crazy, but its ironic because everyone is crazy in that hotel.“The thing is, though, I don't like the idea. It stinks, if you analyze it. I think if you don't really like a girl, you shouldn't horse around with her at all, and if you do like her, then you're supposed to like her face, and if you like her face, you ought to be careful about doing crumby stuff to it, like squirting water all over it.” (34)Holden says this is in his room looking at other guests across the hotel.He respects women and believes that its immoral to toy with their feelings or lead her on if you don’t actually have feelings for her. However, if you actually do love her, you should treat her properly and not play around like you would with your friends. “It was the address of this girl that wasn't exactly a whore or anything but that didn't mind doing it once in a while, this Princeton guy told me.” (35)Holden thinks about calling Jane but decides against it and calls Faith instead. Holden would rather see Jane, but he want to have sex and he views Jane as pure and doesn’t want to destroy her innocence so he calls Faith instead. Stacey Asis, Danielle Thomas
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6/9/2014 9:49:1310"She's really smart. I mean she's had all A's ever since she started school. As a matter of fact, I'm the only dumb one in the family."Holden is talking about his ten year old sister, and how great she is. Golden fools himself into believing he is dumb and can't accomplish anything, when in reality he is very intelligent. ""I'm very sorry, sir..." He said, and beat it on me. I didn't hold it against him, though. They lose their jobs if they get caught selling to a minor. I'm a goddam minor."Holden is trying to order an alcoholic beverage and the waiter asks to see his I.D. He realizes that all he is is a minor. It hits him that he has no control really in what he can do in this adult world. "And that business about getting up early to see the first show at Radio City Music Hall depressed me."Holden is sitting at the table with three girls and he is trying to talk to them. They stand up and say they need to go to sleep to get up early.Holden does not understand why they came to New York just to get up early for a show and it depresses him. Mackie albertson
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6/4/2014 0:40:0711“I had a terrible time getting her to at least open her eyes when she took a swing at the ball. I improved her game immensely, though. I'm a very good golfer. If I told you what I go around in, you probably wouldn't believe me.”After Houlden and Jane met the first time they ever hung out they went golfing This shows that Houlden can be maybe a little impatient and he may have some pride issues“I almost was once in a movie short, but I changed my mind at the last minute. I figured that anybody that hates the movies as much as I do, I'd be a phony if I let them stick me in a movie short.” This is when Houlden was talking about how good he is at golf and how he got offered to be in a shortThis shows that Holden Knows not to be a hypocrite, because maybe he wanted to be in that short but he wouldn't let himself.She was a funny girl, old Jane. I wouldn't exactly describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out, though.Right when he first starts talking about the time Houlden and jane metThis quote means that Houlden pays more attention to the personality rather than the looks of Jane.Conner Reeves
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6/3/2014 23:54:5013“I'd feel I ought to sock the guy in the jaw or something--break his goddam jaw. Only, I
wouldn't have the guts to do it. I'd just stand there, trying to look tough. What I might do,
I might say something very cutting and snotty, to rile him up--instead of socking him in
the jaw.”
Here he is walking home in the cold without his gloves that got stolen and begins to think about the person who stole them and what he would do if he saw the person. He shows a front at first as a tough guy who would fight the person, but he really shows that he would be scared and just end up saying something witty instead. “I'd rather push a guy out the window or chop his head off with an ax than sock
him in the jaw. I hate fist fights.”
This is also as he his walking home and thinking about what he would do to the person who stole his gloves. This shows a evil side and shows how he would rather murder a person than just simply hit them. It shows that he is a little bit crazy. “I know you're supposed to feel pretty sexy when somebody gets up and pulls their dress
over their head, but I didn't. Sexy was about the last thing I was feeling. I felt much more
depressed than sexy.”
This is when he has returned to his hotel and has met the pimp who sent a prostitute up to his room, but instead of doing what one would normally do with a prostitute he justs talks to her. He shows a caring as well as a scared and somewhat insecure side here. Once the prostitute comes in the room he instantly gets second thoughts and avoids having sex. He says shows that he feels bad for her, showing a caring side as well for hurt people. boston chauthani
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6/4/2014 8:25:4213“I'm one of these very yellow guys. I
try not to show it, but I am. For instance, if I'd found out at Pencey who'd stolen my
gloves, I probably would've gone down to the crook's room and said, "Okay. How 'bout
handing over those gloves?"
Talking about how he lost his gloves at pencey He is actually not as tough as he seems to be, and gets very intimidated.“I was starting to feel pretty sexy and all, but I was a little nervous anyway.
If you want to know the truth, I'm a virgin. I really am. I've had quite a few opportunities
to lose my virginity and all, but I've never got around to it yet. Something always happens.”
Holden is waiting for the prostitute to come up to his room and he is getting cleaned up for her.Shows his nervousness and how he is easily intimidated. Also how he is not fully confident in himself.“I couldn't think of anything to talk about, though. I thought of asking her how she
got to be a prostitute and all, but I was scared to ask her. She probably wouldn't've told
me anyway.”
Holden is talking with prostitute trying to make conversation and learn about her. It shows that he doesn't like to take advantage, and it is also another chapter showing how he is too nervous to do anything with the hooker.Connor Hayes, Charlie Himmelberger
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6/1/2014 21:26:3615“They were these very inexpensive-looking suitcases--the ones that aren't genuine leather or anything.... It sounds terrible to say it, but I can even get to hate somebody, just looking at them, if they have cheap suitcases with them.”
Two nuns just walked into the nearby bar that he was sitting at and right when they walked in with their luggages, he analyzed them right away. He criticized their appearance and began to judge. This shows how he easily doesn’t like people before he even gets to say one word to them. He feels that he is above everyone and if their luggage is not up to par, he won’t like them. He constantly judges people in this chapter. “Then I started wondering like a bastard what the one sitting next to me, that taught English, thought about, being a nun and all, when she read certain books for English...books with lovers and all in them.”He started to think while talking to the two nuns sitting next to him at breakfast about the english teacher one. He was wondering what she thought about the books she had to read for english since she’s not allowed to have intercourse since she is a nun.As you can see, he loves to analyze and think about things going on around him. Sometimes he thinks some pretty mean thoughts but deep down I think he is a good guy. At first he judged the nuns but by the end of the conversation he seemed to like them. "I said I'd enjoyed talking to them a lot, too. I meant it, too. I'd have enjoyed it even more though, I think, if I hadn't been sort of afraid.."After talking to the nuns, he was reflecting about how he felt the conversation went and what was going through his head. He felt afraid the whole time when talking to them which he felt held him back from having an even better conversation. He gets very nervous and scared around people. I feel that he has a good heart but judges people too much by their appearance. He had a good conversation with them but could of had an even better one if he opened up. Max Simon
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6/1/2014 21:27:4915“They were these very inexpensive-looking suitcases--the ones that aren't genuine leather or anything.... It sounds terrible to say it, but I can even get to hate somebody, just looking at them, if they have cheap suitcases with them.”
Two nuns just walked into the nearby bar that he was sitting at and right when they walked in with their luggages, he analyzed them right away. He criticized their appearance and began to judge. This shows how he easily doesn’t like people before he even gets to say one word to them. He feels that he is above everyone and if their luggage is not up to par, he won’t like them. He constantly judges people in this chapter. “Then I started wondering like a bastard what the one sitting next to me, that taught English, thought about, being a nun and all, when she read certain books for English...books with lovers and all in them.”He started to think while talking to the two nuns sitting next to him at breakfast about the english teacher one. He was wondering what she thought about the books she had to read for english since she’s not allowed to have intercourse since she is a nun.As you can see, he loves to analyze and think about things going on around him. Sometimes he thinks some pretty mean thoughts but deep down I think he is a good guy. At first he judged the nuns but by the end of the conversation he seemed to like them. "I said I'd enjoyed talking to them a lot, too. I meant it, too. I'd have enjoyed it even more though, I think, if I hadn't been sort of afraid.."After talking to the nuns, he was reflecting about how he felt the conversation went and what was going through his head. He felt afraid the whole time when talking to them which he felt held him back from having an even better conversation. He gets very nervous and scared around people. I feel that he has a good heart but judges people too much by their appearance. He had a good conversation with them but could of had an even better one if he opened up. Max Simon
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6/5/2014 21:27:5617Well, I hate it. Boy, do I hate it," I said. "But it isn't just that. It's everything. I hate living in New York and all. Taxicabs, and Madison Avenue buses", with the drivers and all always yelling at you to get out at the rear door, and being introduced to phony
guys that call the Lunts angels, and going up and down in elevators when you just want to go outside, and guys fitting your pants all the time at Brooks, and people always--" (Holden)
Holden and Sally are sitting at a table inside of the ice rink and Holden describes why he wants leave New York and wants to go away. It really shows how Holden feels about the city he lives in and about the people that surround him. He just wants to escape the life he lives in now and start over.I mean I didn't care too much when anybody in the family died or anything. They were all just a bunch of actors. (Holden)
Holden is talking about the actors in the play he was watching with SallyI feel that in a way it reflects to how he looks at people in reality. He does not care about the phonies and the way they act. He has no feelings toward them.Then I sort of started
lighting matches. I do that quite a lot when I'm in a certain mood. I sort of let them burn
down till I can't hold them any more, then I drop them in the ashtray. It's a nervous habit. (Holden)
Holden is lighting matches while he was waiting for a drink at the ice rink with Sally.The burning matches are symbolic in a way I feel like because while they burn it reflects Holden's life because he just lets his word burn until it completely burns out. He just keeps destroying himself until there is nothing left.Trent Cozza
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6/10/2014 21:46:4917“The funny part is, I felt like marrying her the minute I saw her. I'm crazy. I didn't even like her much, and yet all of a sudden I felt like I was in love with her and wanted to marry her.”
Holden was waiting for Sally to arrive for their date, and she was ten minutes late. He then says that it was okay that she was late because she looked beautiful. Holden confuses love with sexual attractionThen, just to show you how crazy I am, when we were coming out of this big clinch, I told her I loved her and all. It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it. I'm crazy. I swear to God I am.
Holden and Sally are kissing in the back of the cab and then when they are getting out of the car he says the quoteHolden gets caught up in the moment, he tells Sally that he loves her. He is once again confusing his sexual attraction for her with actual love“If you want to know the truth, I don't even know why I started all that stuff with her. I mean about going away somewhere, to Massachusetts and Vermont and all. I probably wouldn't've taken her even if she'd wanted to go with me. She wouldn't have been anybody to go with. The terrible part, though, is that I meant it when I asked her. That's the terrible part. I swear to God I'm a madman.”
Holden complains to Sally about everything he hates. He then asks Sally to run away with him. She says that she does not want to go and Holden gets really mad and calls her a pain in the ass. He depends on others for his happiness. As soon as she said she did not want to go, he became very depressed and angry. He lacks self controlMichael Mahony
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6/5/2014 19:58:3618“Anyway, I gave old Jane a buzz again, but her phone didn't answer, so I had to hang up. Then I had to look through my address book to see who the hell might be available for the evening.”After his flashback of Jane, inside of a phone booth after coming out of a drug store.In the past, he complained about hating people in general, but when lonely he tries to be around others. Also, it appears as though he tries to find someone else to fill Jane’s place, out of frustration from not being able to reach her.
“I don't think I could stand it if I had to go to war. I really couldn't. It wouldn't be too bad if they'd just take you out and shoot you or something, but you have to stay in the Army so goddam long. That's the whole trouble. My brother D.B. was in the Army for four goddam years. He was in the war, too--he landed on D-Day and all--but I really think he hated the Army worse than the war.”After the movie was over, I started walking down to the Wicker Bar, where I was supposed to meet old Carl Luce.He hates the idea of staying in the Army for a long period of time, due to the idea that his brother once had to do this.
“If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will.”Also takes place after the movies at the Wicker Bar, waiting for Carl Luce.
He doesn’t care for his own life, and wouldn’t mind throwing it away in order to avoid doing what he dislikes.
Mark, Sage
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6/6/2014 9:54:4520“I was the only guy at the bar with a bullet in their guts. I kept putting my hand under my jacket, on my stomach and all, to keep the blood from dripping all over the place. I didn't want anybody to know I was even wounded. I was concealing the fact that I was a wounded sonuvabitch.”
Holden plays a game when he is drunk where he pretends he is wounded at the bar.
The bullet wound Holden conceals when he plays this game is a metaphor for how he feels emotionally as if he hides a severe wound from everyone.
“When the weather's nice, my parents go out quite frequently and stick a bunch of flowers on old Allie's grave. I went with them a couple of times, but I cut it out. In the first place, I certainly don't enjoy seeing him in that crazy cemetery. Surrounded by dead guys and tombstones and all.”
Holden is in the park remebering visiting Allie when he first diedThe fact that Allie is gone forever is one of the main sources of his problems, accepting the truth. “I started thinking how old Phoebe would feel if I got pneumonia and died. It was a childish way to think, but I couldn't stop myself. She'd feel pretty bad if something like that happened. She likes me alot. I mean she's quite fond of me. She really is”Holden is thinking about his own death and funeral.
Pheobe seems to be the only person Holden believes would really be effected by his death
Nick Rapoza
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6/5/2014 23:35:3421“You take adults, they look so lousy when they’re asleep, but kids don’t. Kids look all right.”There is something about adults that always make them lousy, and they can never be at peace. Although when kids sleep, its the time where everything is so peaceful. Holden does not like looking up to or following adults, because he feels he cannot completely relate to them. "That killed me. Her middle name is Josephine, for God's sake, not Weatherfield.
She doesn't like it, though. Every time I see her she's got a new middle name for herself"
While he is looking through her notebooks, and he sees she writes a different middle name get its him all upset.He doesn't want phoebe to change anything about her because he feels like she doesn't need to."That isn't nice. What are you--a child, for God's sake?"Holden says this after phoebe tells him that she put ink all over this guy's jacket because he pushed her.He thinks no matter what, nobody should get treated meanly because he knows how it feels to be an outsiderJaclynn Brandt
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6/9/2014 7:34:5922
“She always listens when you tell her something. And the funny part is she knows, half the time, what the hell you're talking about. She really does.

I kept talking about old Pencey. I sort of felt like it.”
Context: Holden is talking to his sister Phoebe after he gets kicked out of school. Telling her all about what it was like.Analysis: In this quote it shows how he enjoyed talking about what happened and how he feels about all that has happened.
“he was at Pencey they were the happiest days of his life, and giving us a lot of advice for the future and all. Boy, did he depress me! I don't mean he was a bad guy--he wasn't. But you don't have to be a bad guy to depress somebody--you can be a good guy and do it. All you have to do to depress somebody is give them a lot of phony advice”
Context: During Veteran’s Day at Pencey there was a older man looking for his initials in the bathroom and asked Holden to show him, and this is what he was feeling during that time. Analysis: Holden believes everyone is a phony and in this quote it shows how he feels depressed when the man talks about the future and his time at Pencey.
"I like Allie," I said. "And I like doing what I'm doing right now. Sitting here with you, and talking, and thinking about stuff, and--"

"Allie's dead--You always say that! If somebody's dead and everything, and in Heaven, then it isn't really--"

"I know he's dead! Don't you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can't I? Just because somebody's dead, you don't just stop liking them, for God's sake-- especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive and all."
Context: Phoebe asks Holden what makes him happy and this was the only thing that he could come up with. Analysis: Shows how holden likes very little in the world and how much his brother means to him, that thats the only thing he likes in the world. Sierra Page hailey tripodo
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6/9/2014 8:14:1822"I thought it was 'If a body catch a body,'" I said. "Anyway, I keep picturing all
these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little
kids, and nobody's around--nobody big, I mean--except me. And I'm standing on the edge
of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over
the cliff--I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come
out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the
rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's
crazy."
This is when he is talking with his sister about what he can see himself doing when he grows up and how there is nothing else he would want to do, that this is the only future he sees himself having
This quote shows that even though Holden may hate a lot of people or acts like he does he still has a very loving heart and wants to do good but he just does not want to conform to what society tells him what he should do because he doesn't think there is any true happiness in what the world says he should do.
"I know he's dead! Don't you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can't
I? Just because somebody's dead, you don't just stop liking them, for God's sake--
especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're
alive and all."
This is said by Holden when him and his sister are talking abiut people he likes and he says how he likes Allie (his brother who had passed away) and his sister gets snotty because she said he only likes people who have gone to heaven, but he tells her that he can like him even if he's dead especially when he is better than most the people who are alive.This shows how Holden still hasn't really gotten over the death of his brother and how one of the few people he had actually liked in the world was gone and I think that has a huge impact on Holden and has kinda made him numb to other people. Finally, what he did, instead of taking back what he said, he jumped out
the window. I was in the shower and all, and even I could hear him land outside. But I
just thought something fell out the window, a radio or a desk or something, not a boy or
anything. Then I heard everybody running through the corridor and down the stairs, so I
put on my bathrobe and I ran downstairs too, and there was old James Castle laying right
on the stone steps and all. He was dead, and his teeth, and blood, were all over the place, and nobody would even go near him. He had on this turtleneck sweater I'd lent him.
This is him talking to his sister again about one of his classmates who was being bullied and harrased by other students and refused to take it anymore so he threw himself out a window and killed himself and he was wearing a turtle neck he had borrowed from holden before handI feel that this quote stuck out to me because Holden admired the fact that this kid would have rather died then let the bullies get the satisfaction of breaking him down but i also feel Holden had this weird connection with this kid because the kid was wearing his turtle neck and to get really deep into I think a little part of Holden died with that kid because of this connection of him wearing this turtle neck he had lent him.Jack Reilly
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6/8/2014 20:51:0623"We danced about four numbers. In between numbers she's funny as hell. She stays right in position. She won't even talk or anything. You both have to stay right in position and wait for the orchestra to start playing again. That kills me. You're not supposed to laugh or anything, either."Holden and Phoebe are dancing for four songs, and in between each song, she stays right in position as if she is disciplined to do so. Holden is enjoying the time he is having with Phoebe while dancing. He's impressed by how skilled she is dancing and is enjoying her company with him."How much is it, for God's sake?"
"Eight dollars and eighty-five cents. Sixty-five cents. I spent some."
Then, all of a sudden, I started to cry. I couldn't help it. I did it so nobody could hear me, but I did it. It scared hell out of old Phoebe when I started doing it, and she came over and tried to make me stop, but once you get started, you can't just stop on a goddam dime.
Phoebe gives all of her Christmas money to Holden. Even though he only needed 2 dollars, she gave him $8.65 and then he begins to cry.Knowing that Phoebe saved up her own money and was willing to give it all to Holden makes him cry because of her generosity. He's leaving the comfort of his house and Phoebe who really cares for him and it makes him sad."It was a helluva lot easier getting out of the house than it was getting in, for some reason. For one thing, I didn't give much of a damn any more if they caught me. I really didn't. I figured if they caught me, they caught me. I almost wished they did, in a way."After saying goodbye to Phoebe in her room, he is leaving the house while his parents are still awake, but not really caring at all. At this point, Holden doesn't really care if he's caught or not. He just accepts the fact if he does get caught. He almost wishes they did catch him because his family are practically the only people who can help and support him.Davis Boyd
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6/8/2014 22:11:4524Here's what he said: 'The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for oneMr. Antolini is giving Holden some advice at his apartment Mr. Antolini shows interest in Holden success in school and life, He truly is concerned that Holden might commit suicide and he dosn't want that to happen. Then something happened. I don't even like to talk about it. I woke up all of a sudden. I don't know what time it was or anything, but I woke up. I felt something on my head, some guy's hand. Boy, it really scared hell out of me. What it was, it was Mr. Antolini's hand. What he was doing was, he was sitting on the floor right next to the couch, in the dark and all, and he was sort of petting meHolden is violated while sleeping in the middle of the night by Mr. Antolini Holden is outraged that Mr. Antolini was touching him while he was sleeping. Holden a strong protector of childhood innocents and this is why Mr. Antolinis actions anger him so much.You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."Mr. Anolini is talking with Holden and teaching him life lessons.Mr. Antolini wants Holden to understand that he is not unique in the path that he is heading down. Many others have gone through the same thing that Holden has and that there is hope for Holdens success.Blake, Tan
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6/8/2014 15:04:3626“I could probably tell you what I did after I went home, and how I got sick and all, and what school I’m supposed to go to next fall, after I get out of here, but I don’t feel like it. I really don’t. That stuff doesn’t interest me too much right now.” (pg. 213)
Holden is thinking about past events in his life, but does not want to speak of them, because they don’t matter to him at the moment.
He wants to live in the moment and not think about what will come in his future.“It’s such a stupid question, in my opinion. I mean how do you know what you’re going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t. I think I am, but how do I know? I swear it’s a stupid question.”(pg. 213)
Talking about how he is going to apply himself when he goes back to school.
He doesn’t plan his actions, he just does something if he feels the need to do it.
“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” (pg. 214)
Holden is talking about how he misses everyone.
Once you start trusting someone, it means you are close to them. Once they are gone, you only have memories of how close you were.
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6/11/2014 8:40:568"I can read those lousy stories on the train at night, but this time, it was different. I just didn't really feel like it. I just sort of sat there and did nothing. All I did was take off my hunting hat and put it in my pocket"Holden has just gotten on the train to leave school after he fought straddladderThis quote foreshadows that Holden might be slightly different on this train ride. He is acting out of his normal routine and it shows that this won't be his normal lonely train ride. "Woman kill me. They really do. I don't mean I'm oversexed or anything like that-- although I am quite sexy. I just like them, I mean. They're always leaving their goddamn bags out in the middle of the aisle" Holden is checking out a woman that just entered the train. Holden, for a brief moment, opens up and talks about how he feels toward woman. However, he immediately goes back and finds something negative to talk about "Then I started reading this timetable I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying. Once I get started, I can go on for hours if I feel like it. No kidding. Hours"Holden is having a conversation with a woman he met on the train. He lies repeaditively to her and feels bad. Holden feels guilty about lying, especially to a woman. He gets upset because she's a nice woman and he knows what he was doing was wrong, so he tries to stop himself. Kylie Antonopoulos, Ben Poploskie
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6/11/2014 8:48:0416"The trouble with me is, I always have to read that stuff by myself. If an actor acts it out, I hardly listen. I keep worrying about whether or not he's going to do something phony" After discussing his experiences with people and plays.Holden is obsessed by society and it's falseties."When I got to the museum, all if the sudden I wouldn't have gone inside for a million bucks"Just describes the greatness of museums.Holden clings to the past and dislikes the present. Past is a golden time full of only good memories."Which museum?"
"I don't know, a museum..."
"The ones with pictures or where the Indians are?"
"The one with the Indians"
Holden asking a girl where is sister phoebe is.Holden is not good with communication.Nathan Appelgate, Mitchell Geringer
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6/11/2014 8:50:412"He wasn't even listening, he hardly ever listened when you said something."In this quote, Holden is talking about his teacher Mr Spencer.He is saying this about him and it shows that he gets angry over little this and that he might have anger management issues."How many subjects did you carry this term?"
"Five, sir."
"Five. And how many are you failing in?"
"Four."
This is while Holden is talking with Mr. Spencer.This quote is showing how Holden is failing classes at school. Meaning he doesn’t care about school. He is basically letting his life go down the drain. He might be failing school because he has no friends or he might just be failing classes to look cool.
Id never yell "Good Luck" at anybody. It sounds terrible then you think about it.Talking about Mr Spencer saying good luck to Holden while leaving his classroom.Holden is saying that he is sick to death of the word "good luck" because it kinda refers back to the life is a game reference. And the thought that your saying good luck to the losers in life.Austin Corum
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6/11/2014 9:02:0523“He was about the best teacher I ever had, Mr. Antolini. He was a pretty young
guy, not much older than my brother D.B., and you could kid around with him without
losing your respect for him. He was the one that finally picked up that boy that jumped
out the window I told you about, James Castle. Old Mr. Antolini felt his pulse and all,
and then he took off his coat and put it over James Castle and carried him all the way
over to the infirmary. He didn't even give a damn if his coat got all bloody.”
Holden talking about Mr. Antolini after getting off the phone with him.
Mr. Antolini invites him to come over if he wants.
Shows that Mr. Antolini is one of the few people Holden admires and has respect for."Listen. You got any dough, Phoeb? I'm practically broke."
"Just my Christmas dough. For presents and all. I haven't done any shopping at all yet."
"Oh." I didn't want to take her Christmas dough.”...
“Then, all of a sudden, I started to cry. I couldn't help it. I did it so nobody could hear me, but I did it”
Holden asking Pheobe to borrow some money before he leaves.
Holden selfishly asks for money but is guilty when she says she had been saving it up
cries because she is one of the few people who have done something nice for him
“Then I took my hunting hat out of my coat pocket and gave it to her. She likes those kind of crazy hats. She didn't want to take it, but I made her. I'll bet she slept with it on. She really likes those kind of hats. Then I told her again I'd give her a buzz if I got a chance, and then I left.”
After Holden stops crying and is about to leave Phoebe's house to go to Mr. Antonelis house.
he wants to sacrifice his protection and give it to Phoebe so she can stay innocent
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6/11/2014 9:07:181“In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them. They're quite touchy about anything like that, especially my father.” (1)
Holden is talking about how he doesn't want to talk about himself. He states that his parents don't like when he talks about himself, either.Holden does not like showing emotion or talking about his feelings. Holden has strict, touchy parents, especially his father.“They don't do any damn more molding at Pencey than they do at any other school. And I didn't know anybody there that was splendid and clear-thinking and all. Maybe two guys. If that many. And they probably came to Pencey that way.” (1)
Holden is talking about how he doesn't think that the school he just got kicked out of, Pencey Prep., is any better than any other school. He doesn't think that the students at Pencey are as great and well-rounded as they claim to be. Holden is quick to judge people. Holden hated his old school and everyone who went there. Judges others because he is self-conscious. “I like to be somewhere at least where you can see a few girls around once in a while, even if they're only scratching their arms or blowing their noses or even just giggling or something.” (3)
Holden likes seeing girls, because his old school was an all-boys school. Holden is a romantic, but kind of hides it. He's looking for love and enjoys any kind of attention from a girl, even in the slightest.Nicole Drotning
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6/11/2014 10:56:236“I probably was still looking out the window, but I swear I can't remember. I was so damn worried, that's why. When I really worry about something, I don't just fool around. I even have to go to the bathroom
when I worry about something. Only, I don't go. I'm too worried to go. I don't want to
interrupt my worrying to go.”
Here Holden is waiting on his roommate to return to their dorm from his date with Holdens crush Jane.This quote shows Holden's growing jealousy as he worries what his roommate is doing with the girl he likes. Holden feels like Jane is innocent and worries Stradlater might take her innocents."God damn it." He was sore as hell. He was really furious. "You always do
everything backasswards." He looked at me. "No wonder you're flunking the hell out of
here," he said. "You don't do one damn thing the way you're supposed to. I mean it. Not
one damn thing."
"All right, give it back to me, then," I said. I went over and pulled it right out of
his goddam hand. Then I tore it up.
Stradlater finally gets home and asks about the paper he had asked Holden to write for him. Holden is worried Jealous and frustrated with Stradlater since he had insulted him and just got back from a date with the girl Holden likesStradlater gets back from his date with Jane asks about to paper he asks holden to write and then gets upset that the paper wasnt written on what he told Holden to write about. Holden gets mad and tears the paper up.aaaStephen Broadus
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6/11/2014 14:18:5225“So I went in this very cheap-looking restaurant and had doughnuts and coffee. Only, I didn't eat the doughnuts. I couldn't swallow them too well. The thing is, if you get very depressed about something, it’s hard as hell to swallow.” (106)
At this moment, Holden was walking around Grand Central and decides to go eat a doughnut and drink some coffee. As he takes a bite out of a doughnut, he couldn't swallow every bite. He later explains how it is very hard to eat food while being depressed.This is one effect of Holden being depressed. When someone is very depressed, it becomes hard to do any tasks the right way. In this case, Holden can't swallow any of his food due to the amount of depression he has.“Every time I’d get to the end of a block I’d make believe I was talking to my brother Allie. I’d say to him, ‘Allie, don’t let me disappear. Allie, don’t let me disappear. Allie, don’t let me disappear. Please, Allie.’ And then when I’d reach the other side of the street without disappearing, I’d thank him.” (106)
At this moment of the story, Holden is still walking around stores and crossing streets. All of sudden, whenever Holden crosses a street, he becomes worried that he will disappear from existence and never come back. Therefore, as he crosses, he talks/prays to Allie to not let him disappear. He then thanks him whenever he makes it across.Holden's depression is making hallucinate things, such as thinking of disappearing at a crosswalk. His depression is not making him act the right way. Allie also becomes an important symbol, since Holden relies on him so much.“‘You’re not going. Now, shut up! Gimme that bag,’ I said. I took the bag off her. I was almost all set to hit her, I thought I was going to smack her for a second. I really did. She started to cry.” (111)
Holden is waiting for Phoebe to arrive at the museum so that Holden could give her the Christmas money back and say farewell. As Phoebe arrives, she has a packed suitcase full of clothes. She tells him that she wants to travel with him. Holden becomes mad and yells at Phoebe to shut up. He later tells her that he decides to not follow through with his plan anymore. This angers Phoebe.Holden's actions show how he has a very short temper. Instead of telling Phoebe some reasons why she should not go, he just yells at her and almost hits her. Having a short temper could cause Holden to stay lonely for the rest of his life.Dylan Jones
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6/12/2014 1:24:0218“The trouble with girls is, if they like a boy, no matter how big a bastard he is, they'll say he has an inferiority complex, and if they don't like him, no matter how nice a guy he is, or how big an inferiority complex he has, they'll say he's conceited. Even smart girls do it.”Holden was talking about this after he thought about Jane and her old boyfriend, Al Pike. Who is a jerk. Holden is confused why girls would make up excuses for boys that are jerks and do not behave. He is almost comparing this to himself though. Jane did go for a guy that was a jerk, and Holden could be jealous of him and just wants to protect her.“You take somebody that cries their goddam eyes out over phony stuff in the movies, and nine times out of ten they're mean bastards at heart. I'm not kidding.”
Holden is talking about the mother that was sitting next to him at the movie theatre. She was crying during the movie as her son asked to use the bathroom. Holden is disgusted with phony people. He believes that she is phony and an awful person. He hates her and the fact that the movie is sucking her into believing something that is not real. The plot of the movie compares to life and how many people are conforming and believing things that are not true or are against his beliefs.“It wouldn't be too bad if they'd just take you out and shoot you or something, but you have to stay in the Army so goddam long.”
“I swear if there's ever another war, they better just take me out and stick me in front of a firing squad”
“If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will.”
Holden talks about killing himself, or being put in the Army. He was thinking about how his brother was in the Navy. He is depressed, and shows it throughout these quotes. He doesn't want to deal with fighting and people, so he would rather just get it over with and kill them. He also talking about putting himself on a bomb and this showed thoughts of suicide and depression as well. Jade Vulgamott
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