A Perfect Day for Bananafish
by J.D. Salinger
A Perfect Day for Bananafish Sex Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Section.Paragraph). Though the story has no explicit divisions, we created "sections" to make the paragraph numbers more manageable. Section one is the scene in the hotel room. Section two is the scene on the beach to the end of the story.
He glanced at the girl lying asleep on one of the twin beds. Then he went over to one of the pieces of luggage, opened it, and from under a pile of shorts and undershirts he took out an Ortgies calibre 7.65 automatic. He released the magazine, looked at it, then reinserted it. He cocked the piece. Then he went over and sat down on the unoccupied twin bed, looked at the girl, aimed the pistol, and fired a bullet through his right temple. (1.109)
At this point, the reader either feels bad for suspecting Seymour of pedophilia, or vindicated (if he or she suspects that Seymour killed himself out of guilt for his sexual desires).