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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.