The Catcher In the Rye: Jan 15 IRJE

In the book the Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Sally is 10 minutes late with her black coat and matching beret looking terrific. She is really excited to seeing Lunts and is really impressed by the performance. But Holden is less thrilled, firstly the performance on stage and also Sally’s performance. He also dislikes the way Sally talks to George, a student from Andover. Then after the show, they go ice skating at Radio City. Holden then tries to talk to Sally about things that are important to him. He then asks her to run off to Massachusetts and Vermont with him. Unfortunately, the date ends badly, and he walks out.

“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–”

“Don’t shout, please,” old Sally said. Which was very funny, because I wasn’t even shouting.”

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“Why not? Why the hell not?”

“Stop screaming at me, please,” she said. Which was crap, because I wasn’t even screaming at her.” (17.41-55)

I think that this part of the book is really weird, because of how subtle it is, Sally tells Holden to stop screaming twice, and he keeps insisting that he is not, but we won’t believe him. The shouting/mumbling thing sounds really crazy to me.

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