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Catcher in the Rye Chapter 2


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Catcher in the Rye Chapter 2

  1. 1. The Catcher in the Rye
  2. 2. Chapter 2 <ul><li>Holden visits Mr. Spencer, and their conversation inevitably turns to Holden’s failure in school and his pitiful career as a student. </li></ul><ul><li>As the visit progresses, Holden grows increasingly impatient and annoyed with old Mr. Spencer for pointing out all of his shortcomings. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Mr. Spencer forces Holden to listen as he reads aloud from one of Holden’s most recent papers, which is a shoddily written, half-done report on mummies. </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Spencer then reads the note that Holden has written on the bottom of the report, apologizing for his failure to perform well on the paper. </li></ul><ul><li>In the note, Holden reassures the professor that he is not a bad teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>The failure rests in Holden alone. </li></ul>Spencer
  4. 4. <ul><li>“Well, you could see he really felt pretty lousy about flunking me. So I shot the bull for a while.” </li></ul><ul><li>“I told him I was a real moron, and all that stuff.” </li></ul><ul><li>“I told him how I would've done exactly the same thing if I'd been in his place, and how most people didn't appreciate how tough it is being a teacher. That kind of stuff.” </li></ul><ul><li>“The old bull.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“The funny thing is, though, I was sort of thinking of something else while I shot the bull. I live in New York, and I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>“I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home, and if it was, where did the ducks go.” </li></ul><ul><li>“I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over.” </li></ul><ul><li>“I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something.” </li></ul><ul><li>“Or if they just flew away.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cool Teacher Site