Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction
by J.D. Salinger
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction Writing and Literature Quotes
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I've reproduced the tale here not just because I invariably go out of my way to recommend a good prose pacifier to parents or older brothers often-month-old babies but for quite another reason. ("Roof Beam" 2.1)
Buddy's opening anecdote sets the stage for a novel that addresses the capabilities and effects of the written word. We also start thinking about different types of communication, especially when we view this opening as a bookend with the closing line about the cigar and black piece of paper.
I should, no doubt, break in here to describe my general reaction to the main import of what the Matron of Honor was saying. I'd just as soon let it go, though, for the moment, if the reader will bear with me. ("Roof Beam" 2.90)
Buddy makes his stories not just about his subject matter, but also about the art of story-telling, and the craft of writing as well.
The Matron of Honor sat forward suddenly, alertly, exhaling smoke through her nostrils. "All right, never mind that, drop f that for a minute - I don't need that,' she said. She was addressing Mrs. Silsburn, but in actuality she was addressing me through Mrs. Silsburn's face, so to speak. 'Did you ever see —— —— in the movies?" she demanded.
The name she mentioned was the professional name of a then fairly well-known-and now, in 1955, a quite famous - actress singer. ("Roof Beam" 2.103-104)
Why does Buddy choose to omit Charlotte's name here, especially if he's going to reveal it later in the story?