And you were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn't win.

from J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye (Chap. 1) on Rap Genius

Meaning

One of the many hyperboles Holden will use throughout the book, but also a lead-in to the explication of his ostracism in the following passages. It also connects chillingly with the anecdote about James Castle later in the novel.

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