Lucy and Todd

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

In The Gloves Are Off : Thoughts on Literature on January 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

It’s a great moment when ‘old Sally’ digs in her heels about running off together, to Holden’s dismay:

‘…We’ll have oodles of time to do those things [says Sally]…I mean after you go to college and all, and if we should get married and all. There’ll be oodles of marvelous places to go to. You’re just–‘

‘No, there wouldn’t be. There wouldn’t be oodles of places to go to at all. It’d be entirely different… We’d have to go downstairs in elevators with suitcases and stuff. We’d have to phone up everybody and tell ’em good-by and send ’em postcards from hotels and all. And I’d be working in some office, making a lot of dough, and riding to work in cabs and Madison Avenue buses, and reading newspapers, and playing bridge all the time, and going to the movies and seeing a lot of stupid shorts and coming attractions and newsreels. Newsreels. Christ almighty. There’s always a dumb horse race, and some dame breaking a bottle over a ship, and some chimpanzee riding a goddam bicycle with pants on. It wouldn’t be the same at all…’

One of the best denunciations of adulthood ever.

LE

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