Catcher in the Rye Chapter 12


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Catcher in the Rye Chapter 12

  1. 1. The Catcher in the Rye
  2. 2. Chapter 12
  3. 3. <ul><li>On the way to the bar in a taxi, a depressed Holden mentally complains that he always gets &quot;those vomity kind of cabs.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Once again Holden tries to strike up a conversation with the driver and find out where the ducks take refuge in winter. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>&quot;Well, you know the ducks that swim around in it? In the springtime and all? Do you happen to know where they go in the wintertime, by any chance?“ </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Where who goes?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The ducks. Do you know, by any chance? I mean does somebody come around in a truck or something and take them away, or do they fly away by themselves--go south or something?&quot; </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Old Horwitz turned all the way around and looked at me. He was a very impatient-type guy. He wasn't a bad guy, though. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;How the hell should I know?&quot; he said. &quot;How the hell should I know a stupid thing like that?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>I stopped having a conversation with him, if he was going to get so damn touchy about it. But he started it up again himself. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>He turned all the way around again, and said, &quot;The fish don't go no place. They stay right where they are, the fish. Right in the goddam lake.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The fish--that's different. The fish is different. I'm talking about the ducks,&quot; I said. </li></ul><ul><li>         </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>&quot;What's different about it? Nothin's different about it,&quot; Horwitz said. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything he said, he sounded sore about something. &quot;It's tougher for the fish, the winter and all, than it is for the ducks, for Chrissake. </li></ul><ul><li>Use your head, for Chrissake.“ </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>As earlier, Holden asks the taxi-driver to have a drink with him and is again rejected. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Even though it was so late, old Ernie's was jampacked. </li></ul><ul><li>It was pretty quiet, though, because Ernie was playing the piano. It was supposed to be something holy, for God's sake, when he sat down at the piano. Nobody's that good. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>About three couples, besides me, were waiting for tables, and they were all shoving and standing on tiptoes to get a look at old Ernie while he played. </li></ul><ul><li>He had a big damn mirror in front of the piano, with this big spotlight on him, so that everybody could watch his face while he played. </li></ul><ul><li>You couldn't see his fingers while he played--just his big old face. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>You should've heard the crowd, though, when he was finished. You would've puked. </li></ul><ul><li>They went mad. They were exactly the same morons that laugh like hyenas in the movies at stuff that isn't funny. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>I swear to God, if I were a piano player or an actor or something and all those dopes thought I was terrific, I'd hate it. I wouldn't even want them to clap for me. </li></ul><ul><li>People always clap for the wrong things. </li></ul><ul><li>If I were a piano player, I'd play it in the goddam closet. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Anyway, when he was finished, and everybody was clapping their heads off, old Ernie turned around on his stool and gave this very phony, humble bow. </li></ul><ul><li>Like as if he was a helluva humble guy, besides being a terrific piano player. </li></ul><ul><li>It was very phony--I mean him being such a big snob and all. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>While Holden sits there smoking and drinking, a girl named Lillian Simmons comes up to him and asks about his brother D.B., whom she once dated. </li></ul><ul><li>She introduces the sailor who is with her and asks Holden if he would like to join them. Holden refuses the offer, saying he is about to leave. </li></ul><ul><li>Holden is immediately sad that he told this lie, for he now feels compelled to leave since he has said he was going. </li></ul>
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