"don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

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    Mar 05, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    first to name the allusion wins a prize. also, would APPRECIATE what you think his character meant.....TY everyone if i forget to thank u individually.
  • rnch

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    Mar 06, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    ain't got a farkin' clue to what you are tarkin 'bout

  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Mar 06, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    Wow, really? Nobody under our age has to read this any more?

    You know Frontrunner, perhaps if you'd worn one of these when you quoted Mr. C, it might have helped:
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    Mar 06, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    From Catcher in the Rye...

    He's saying don't start remembering and talking about people and times past cuz you get all nostalgic and start missing them again.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Mar 06, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    and as for what he means, I think it's about needing a witness to one's life. I've always thought he was vulnerable to being known - as are most of us at that age - and so the less you know others, the less they can know about you and the less you need them.

    The question is whether or not a solitary life actually provides a greater sense of self-actualization.

    The mistake most people reading this book take away is that it's all about saying "fuck you" to the world, more or less. That always seemed way too easy to me. He defined a generation, the character that is, but I'm not altogether certain that J.D. intended that to be the battle cry.
  • Twenty_Someth...

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    Mar 06, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    Holden Caulfield is one of my favorite literary characters!

    Holden felt that society stood to take away all the amazing things that make up a person's individuality. If he conformed he was going to lose himself in the process. Instead he rebelled, chose to be himself, and bravely did so against the grain of society. Holden for as long as I can remember has inspired me to live how I want to live, and to hold on to my youth, even in times when it is hard to feel such emotions. No matter how bad things get, I realize at the end of the day I've always got me... And this is always enough to keep me going. (Thanks Holden)
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    Mar 06, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    and the winner goes to MUSCLECOMEBACK. we can talk about ur prize later....

    TY guys for ur responses-especially Muscle and bpguru

    keep em coming
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    Jun 04, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    still curious to know what u thought Holden meant when he said this