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For Esmé with Love and Squalor

For Esmé with Love and Squalor


by J.D. Salinger

For Esmé with Love and Squalor: Esmé: French for "Precocious" True or False

1. Why can’t the narrator attend the wedding to which he is invited? -> Because it’s in another country
2. Which war did the narrator serve as a soldier? -> World War III
3. What gives the narrator pause as he is walking through the village? -> A murdered cat whose body is lying in the street
4. What does the narrator notice Esmé is wearing? -> A man’s watch
5. What does the narrator say is his profession in non-wartime? -> Short story writer
6. Who kisses the narrator good-bye? -> Esmé
7. In the second part of the story, the former narrator is referred to as which of the following? -> Second Lieutenant Q
8. Who wrote the book the former narrator is reading? -> Joseph Goebbels
9. What does the former narrator’s brother ask him to pick up for the kids? -> A few sets of junior-sized fatigues
10. What does the former narrator allow himself to do after receiving Esmé’s gift? -> Let her go