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Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

by J.D. Salinger

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Quote #1

Lane himself lit a cigarette as the train pulled in. Then, like so many people, who, perhaps, ought to be issued only a very probational pass to meet trains, he tried to empty his face of all expression that might quite simply, perhaps even beautifully, reveal how he felt about the arriving person. (Franny.1.8)

Lane's reticence in interacting with Franny is contrasted with her family's genuine, at times overbearing, attempts to help her in "Zooey."

Quote #2

"They're not," Franny said. "That's partly what's so awful. I mean they're not real poets. They're just people that write poems that get published and anthologized all over the place, but they're not poets." (Franny.2.44)

We find out, in other Glass family stories, that Franny's brother Seymour was a poet. We have to think that her definition of a "real poet" was largely influenced by Seymour's own thinking on the matter.

Quote #3

"I know this much, is all," Franny said. "If you're a poet, you do something beautiful. I mean you're supposed to leave something beautiful after you get off the page and everything. The ones you're talking about don't leave a single, solitary thing beautiful." (Franny.2.51)

Franny and her brother Zooey both discuss beauty with great care and attention.

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