It always says: "Since 1888 we have been molding boys into splendid, clear-thinking young men."
An example of Salinger’s use of irony. While this is within the first 5 pages of the novel, a reader begins to notice the notion that Holden is anything but “splendid,” or “clear-thinking.” J.D. Salinger spent countless hours editing his work to the point where he published very little; it should be noted that he could’ve very well used different adjectives to describe the model Pencey student and that he chose these adjectives specifically.
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