And yes, Holden would keep those kids from falling off the cliff, but WHO WOULDN’T? Does she think I would just fold my arms or give them a pat on the back before they sailed headfirst to the ground? We are all catchers, and it’s sad that she doesn’t see it. Instead she sees the PHONINESS, she deplores the world even after I point out that I am in it.

You ought to go to a boy’s school sometime. Try it sometime,” I said. “It’s full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques.