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Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

by J.D. Salinger

Exploration Quotes

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Quote #1

"Oh, it's lovely to see you!" Franny said as the cab moved off. "I've missed you." The words were no sooner out than she realized that she didn't mean them at all. Again with guilt, she took Lane's hand and tightly, warmly laced fingers with him. (Franny.1.6)

Franny is learning and changing throughout this story; she discovers her feelings about Lane as the plot progresses.

Quote #2

She found herself looking at Lane as if he were a stranger, or a poster advertising a brand of linoleum, across the aisle of a subway car. Again she felt the trickle of disloyalty and guilt, which seemed to be the order of the day, and reacted to it by reaching over to cover Lane's hand with her own. She withdrew her hand almost immediately and used it to pick her cigarette out of the ashtray. (Franny.2.34)

Franny finds herself torn between resenting Lane and feeling guilty for not loving him. These conflicting emotions make up the emotional tension of "Franny."

Quote #3

She stopped, self-consciously, and put out her cigarette. For several minutes now, she had seemed to be losing color in her face. Suddenly, even her lipstick seemed a shade or two lighter, as though she had just blotted it with a leaf of Kleenex. (Franny.2.44)

Franny physically changes through the course of this story, a change that parallels her emotional journey.

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