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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger

Innocence Quotes

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Quote #13

"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." (22.51-55)

Irony alert: the song Holden is talking about is about casual sex, not saving kids’ lives. See “What’s Up with the Title?” for some more thoughts on this.

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