The other reason I wasn't down at the game was because I was on my way to say good-by to old Spencer, my history teacher

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

Meaning

Potential symbolism? The history teacher could represent Holden’s past, which he claims he is willing to let go of (saying ‘good-by’). Which is ironic considering just how much time he spends deliberating over past events. Yet another Caulfield contradiction.

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