"I would, I really would, but the thing is, I have to get going. I have to go right to the gym. Thanks, though. Thanks a lot, sir."
Then we shook hands. And all that crap. It made me feel sad as hell, though.

from J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye (Chap. 2) on Rap Genius


A major theme of “Catcher” is alienation as a form of self protection. Holden of distances himself from others in order to avoid ridicule, criticism, or distressing situations. Even though it makes Holden depressed to be alone, it makes him feel safer to get away from Spencer’s criticism.

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