Avidity and Deceitfulness |
The Catcher in the Rye begins with seventeen-year-oldHolden Caulfield jumping right in – with a lot of attitude and dated profanity– to tell us about "this madman stuff" that happened to him"around last Christmas." His story begins on a December Saturday atPencey Prep School in Pennsylvania, where he's just been given the ax (read: kickedout) for failing all his classes except English. Turns out, getting the ax is arecurring theme in Holden's past. He visits a friendly teacher of his, Mr.Spencer, who lectures him about the "future."