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It is a Sunday afternoon in a Southern California Mental Institute.

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Hamish Dunn Coursework - Monologue 16th October 02 It is a Sunday afternoon in a Southern California Mental Institute. Perched on the end of a bed is Holden Caulfield, a boy of sixteen, who has recently suffered a mental breakdown. This has to be the most goddamn depressing place in the world. It's full of phonies walking around talking about their girlfriends and how they're going home practically next week, except they say that every week, it drives me crazy. I'm surrounded, can I ever escape them? Even the Nurse is a phoney, he's always going on about his wife and all that crap and he acts well tough but if you want to know the truth he's a flit as well. I couldn't give a damn about anyone in here, apart from this one girl, she's a nurse and all but she's not like the others, she listens to you like old Phoebe, I think she's called Anne, it's quite a nice name don't you think? ...read more.


Shouting: No kidding, I love my parents and all but sometimes they make me so mad I could.... Quieter: Well do something terrible. You know sometimes I talk like my parents. It's funny that, you think you're growing up. Then what happens is you order a scotch and soda in some goddamn bar and the snotty waiter says 'How old are you?' I'm not kidding, it happens every time, it drives me crazy. There's this one girl, Jane's her name, she's not like the other girls, she understands things most girls don't, that's what I like 'bout her. I mean most girls are nice to look at and all, but if you wanna know the truth, they're morons, you try to strike up an intellectual conversation with them and they get all sore and treat you as if you're an idiot, it kills me. You see I don't like Jane in a sexy kind of way, I mean she's pretty and all but I like her for what she is, not some crumby whore. ...read more.


Everyone got on with Allie, you would've liked Allie, I'm not kidding Allie was one swell kind of guy. Allie's gone now; he died of pneumonia a few years back. I always say my mum still hasn't got over Allie, but if you wanna know the truth neither have I, It's probably why I've been acting such a bastard lately. Pause Holden then begins to recite the words to the poem "If a Body Meet a Body Comin' Through the Rye." "If a body catch a body comin' through the rye...." Shouting: I want to be the "Catcher In The Rye." He begins to cry, Quieter: You wouldn't think anyone could be happy in such a depressing place but to tell you the truth I have probably never been so happy, I have so many happy things to think about, forget the phonies, this is my life from now on, it's me versus the world. I'm going to try for you Allie. No one else just you! Fade out. ...read more.

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