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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction


by J.D. Salinger

Seymour Glass Timeline and Summary

  • We hear a story about Seymour reading a "prose pacifier" to Franny when she was a baby.
  • We learn that Seymour killed himself in 1948 while vacationing with his wife in Florida.
  • Seymour fails to show up at his own wedding.
  • The Matron of Honor reveals that Seymour felt "too happy" to get married.
  • We learn that Seymour gave a famous actress nine stitches in her face when they were kids together.
  • We learn more about Seymour's character when Buddy reads excerpts from his diary.
  • We find out that Seymour and Muriel (his fiancée) eloped.
  • Buddy reveals the real story behind Charlotte's stitches (she is the famous actress alluded to earlier).
  • Buddy discusses Seymour as a sort of Sick Artist.
  • We learn that Seymour was a champion talker in their family.
  • We learn about Seymour's poetry at great length.
  • We learn that Seymour, like the rest of his family, was an entertainer. Buddy claims that he juggled words.
  • We read several notes that Seymour left for Buddy many years ago as responses to Buddy's fictional writing.
  • We learn that Seymour had long wiry black hair. He also loved their younger siblings and all their horseplay.
  • Buddy tells us that Seymour had long fleshy ears and a completely unguarded face – he would smile when others were somber and vice versa, because he felt no social compulsion when it came to emotion.
  • We hear about Seymour's nose, which was large, like Buddy's own. Seymour's also had a bend in it from where one of the younger siblings accidentally hit him with a baseball bat.
  • We learn that Seymour always picked out nice clothes, but that they fit him horribly and he never seemed to notice or care.
  • We learn about Seymour's peculiar brand of athleticism.