Catcher in the Rye Chapter 6


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Catcher in the Rye Chapter 6

  1. 1. The Catcher in the Rye
  2. 2. Chapter 6
  3. 3. <ul><li>When Stradlater returns from his date with Jane Gallagher, he is in a terrible mood. </li></ul><ul><li>He asks about the essay, and Holden gives it to him. </li></ul><ul><li>When he reads about Allie’s baseball mitt, Stradlater freaks out and tells Holden he does not do anything right. </li></ul>The Essay
  4. 4. <ul><li>All of a sudden, he said, &quot;For Chrissake, Holden. This is about a goddam baseball glove.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;So what?&quot; I said. Cold as hell. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Wuddaya mean so what? I told ya it had to be about a goddam room or a house or something.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;You said it had to be descriptive. What the hell's the difference if it's about a baseball glove?&quot; </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>&quot;God damn it.&quot; He was sore as hell. He was really furious. &quot;You always do everything backasswards.&quot; He looked at me. &quot;No wonder you're flunking the hell out of here,&quot; he said. &quot;You don't do one damn thing the way you're supposed to. I mean it. Not one damn thing.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Holden, who had been very pleased with the composition, takes it from Stradlater and rips it up. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Stradlater’s Date <ul><li>&quot;Did you go to New York?&quot; I said. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Ya crazy? How the hell could we go to New York if she only signed out for nine-thirty?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;That's tough.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Did you give her my regards?&quot; I asked him. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Yeah.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>The hell he did, the bastard. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>&quot;If you didn't go to New York, where'd ya go with her?&quot; I asked him, after a little while. I could hardly keep my voice from shaking all over the place. Boy, was I getting nervous. I just had a feeling something had gone funny. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Nowhere. We just sat in the goddam car.&quot; He gave me another one of those playful stupid little socks on the shoulder. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Cut it out,&quot; I said. &quot;Whose car?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Ed Banky's.&quot; </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Fight <ul><li>This next part I don't remember so hot. All I know is I got up from the bed, like I was going down to the can or something, and then I tried to sock him, with all my might, right smack in the toothbrush, so it would split his goddam throat open. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Only, I missed. I didn't connect. All I did was sort of get him on the side of the head or something. </li></ul><ul><li>It probably hurt him a little bit, but not as much as I wanted. </li></ul><ul><li>It probably would've hurt him a lot, but I did it with my right hand, and I can't make a good fist with that hand. On account of that injury I told you about. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Anyway, the next thing I knew, I was on the goddam floor and he was sitting on my chest, with his face all red. </li></ul><ul><li>That is, he had his goddam knees on my chest, and he weighed about a ton. </li></ul><ul><li>He had hold of my wrists, too, so I couldn't take another sock at him. </li></ul><ul><li>I'd've killed him. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Morons <ul><li>When Stradlater finally lets Holden up, Holden calls him a “stupid sonuvabitch of a moron.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ That's just the trouble with all you morons. You never want to discuss anything. </li></ul><ul><li>That's the way you can always tell a moron. They never want to discuss anything intellig—” </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Then he really let one go at me, and the next thing I knew I was on the goddam floor again. </li></ul><ul><li>I don't remember if he knocked me out or not, but I don't think so. It's pretty hard to knock a guy out, except in the goddam movies. </li></ul><ul><li>But my nose was bleeding all over the place. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>I kept sitting there on the floor till I heard old Stradlater close the door and go down the corridor to the can. </li></ul><ul><li>Then I got up. </li></ul><ul><li>I couldn't find my goddam hunting hat anywhere. Finally I found it. It was under the bed. I put it on, and turned the old peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I went over and took a look at my stupid face in the mirror. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>You never saw such gore in your life. </li></ul><ul><li>I had blood all over my mouth and chin and even on my pajamas and bath robe. </li></ul><ul><li>It partly scared me and it partly fascinated me. </li></ul><ul><li>All that blood and all sort of made me look tough. </li></ul><ul><li>I'd only been in about two fights in my life, and I lost both of them. </li></ul><ul><li>I'm not too tough. </li></ul><ul><li>I'm a pacifist, if you want to know the truth. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>I had a feeling old Ackley'd probably heard all the racket and was awake. </li></ul><ul><li>So I went through the shower curtains into his room, just to see what the hell he was doing. </li></ul><ul><li>I hardly ever went over to his room. </li></ul><ul><li>It always had a funny stink in it, because he was so crumby in his personal habits. </li></ul>
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