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Phonies, flits & hot-shots: Salinger's "Catcher"
Salinger, J. D.
"If you really want to know about it, you should try this dopey quiz, for god's sakes. It's about "Catcher in the Rye". Old Salinger. He's this terrific WRITER and all. "
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Blowhard Pencey grad who made "a pot of dough" in the cut-rate undertaking business, and had a wing of the school named after him.
Which of the following statements best characterizes Horwitz' hypothesis about the wildlife in the lake in Central Park?
"The old ladies and all, they feed 'em"
"They fly away by themselves-- go south or something"
"Wudga say? I got no time to be thinkin' about ducks, Mac"
"Their bodies take in nutrition and all, right through the.. seaweed and crap that's in the ice"
"...what a gorgeous job for a guy around sixty-five years old".
Christmas tree mover
Holden's objection to Olivier as Hamlet:
"too much like a ... general, instead of a sad, screwed-up guy"
"You just knew that he'd be one of those guys that wouldn't say hello to you in the street."
"He wasn't even Danish and all. God, how I hate the movies"
"It's a funny thing about girls. Every time you mention some guy that's strictly a bastard-- very mean, or very conceited and all... she'll tell you:
"he's really a grand person, once you get to know him.
"he's really this very humble, modest kind of guy"
"he's really a sensitive guy. Sensitive. That kills me"
"he has an inferiority complex"
Phoebe wrote books about her, but never finished them.
To whom does Holden say, "Hey, I got a flit for you. At the end of the bar. Don't look now. I been saving him for ya."?
"Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it's a game, all right..." What is Holden referring to?
Why Holden doesn't want to be a lawyer
"All you do is make a lot of dough and play golf and play bridge and buy cars and drink Martinis and look like a hot-shot."
"You have to laugh at every partner's stupid jokes before they'll do anything for you"
All you do is go around investing in a lot of plays that lose money, for God's sakes..."
"It's a clique. All the lawyers stick together, all the doctors stick together..."
What does NOT appall Holden at Ernie's night club?
"these three sad, stupid girls from Seattle who spent the whole time looking around for movie stars"
Ernie giving "this very phony, humble bow"
Ernie "putting all these dumb, show-offy ripples in the high notes"
The crowd ..."were exactly the same morons that laugh like hyenas in the movies at stuff that isn't funny"
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Compiled Jun 28 12