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Pastiche of Catcher in The Rye I sat next to her once in the bus from Agerstown and we sort of struck up a conversation."She wasn't exactly amazing to look at, but she was a nice enough girl. Someone who you could have intelligent conversation with, one of the very few people I met during my time at Pencey who wasn't a phony. You could tell she was a pretty nervous kid though, she barely made eye contact when she spoke to you, and was always twiddling her fingers in that uncomfortable sort of way. Anyway, she was sat next to me on the bus, and I figured I should probably introduce myself. "Hi, I'm Holden." She smiled a shy sort of smile and said, "Hi, I'm Selma," then she held out her hand for me to shake. That killed me. Shaking hands is just about the most phony thing a person can do. ...read more.


He blacks out sometimes, you never know when its going to happen. He can't drive anymore, just in case it happens while driving." She looked so worried, the poor kid. "Oh! That seems terrible!" She put her hand up to her mouth and everything. I was beginning to regret what I had said, but it was too late now. "He'll be alright and all, we'll look after him. Me and my Mom, and Phoebe of course. Thats why I wont be here next term. He needs full-time care so I need to be at a school closer to home, just incase something goes wrong" I wanted to change the subject, I needed to stop lying. Once I start, I could go on for hours. "Phoebe's my little sister by the way. She's probably a couple years younger than you, she's a good kid. You got any brothers or sisters?" I was eager to switch the focus of the conversation onto her. ...read more.


Stradlater wasn't in when I got back to the dorm, which was a good thing. I didn't really feel like talking. The thought of old Selma Thurman was beginning to depress me. I felt bad for her, I mean, Her goddam phony of a father must be as difficult as hell to live with and she wasn't exactly the prettiest girl to walk the streets. I was thinking about Selma the entire time I was in the can. I kind of wanted her to meet Phoebe.. They'd get on. Both genuine nice kids. Stradlater still wasn't in when I got back to the dorm. I figured he had a date, Stradlater was always out. With a different girl every time. He was another one of those hot-shots, never called a girl back. He was pretty good looking and all, nothing too special. Nice guy though, most of the time. I was pretty damn tired when I got back, figured I was getting sick. So I got into my PJ's figured I'd get an early night, maybe read a book till I fell asleep, I mean I had nothing better to do. ...read more.

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