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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE-Part III

She was around forty or forty-five, I guess, but she was very good-looking. Women kill me. They really do.I don’t mean I am oversexed or anything like that-although I am quite sexy. I just like them,I mean.They’re always leaving their goddam bags out in the middle of the aisle.

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Many will agree to this thought of Holden and surely women are likeable.These thoughts coming from a teenager makes perfect sense as for a young man, women remain a subject of mystery and thrill.

Lets start with all difficult words for part III.

putrid-in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor

grools-an unattractive person

Hysteria-state of violent mental agitation

jitterbugging-a jerky American dance that was popular in the 1940s

Twist their arms-To pressure or force one into doing something. 

clarinet-a single-reed instrument with a straight tube. undefined

licorice stick– a stick made of licorice. undefined

Doberman pinscher– a dog breed undefined

stink-a foul smell

muckle mouthed-talkative

snubbing-ignoring

checkers-a game undefined

necking-sexual activity between partners that does not involve stimulation of the genitals or sexual intercour

Sex is something I really dont understand too hot. You never know where the hell you are.I keep making these sex rules for myself,and then I break them right away

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Some girls you practically never find out what’s the matter.

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The trouble was,that kind of junk is sort of fascinating to watch, even if you don’t want it to be.For instance, that girl that was getting water squirted all over her face, she was pretty good-looking.I mean that’s my big trouble.In my mind, I’m probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw.Sometimes I can think of very crumby stuff I wouldn’t mind doing if the oppurtunity came up. I can even see how it might be quite a lot of fun,in a crumby way,and if you were both sort of drunk and all,to get a girl and squirt water or something all over each other’s face.The thing is, though,I don’t like the idea.It stinks,If you analyze it. I think if you don’t really like a girl,you shouldn’t horse around with her at all,and if you do like her, then you are supposed to like her face, and if you like her face,you ought to be careful about doing crumby stuff to it,like squirting water all over it.

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These thoughts of Holden depicts his complex thought process for relationships or rather for the behaviour of women in particular. He struggles with these feelings, later to get lost in them. His Problem doesn’t lie in being simple but in unacceptance of the complexities of the outer world.

icicle– a hanging, tapering piece of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.

hoodlumy-looking-A word used to describe something shady, sketchy, out of the ordinary in a bad way; dumpster.

shoot the bull-have a casual conversation.

bat out of hell-Moving extremely fast

daiquiris-a cocktail containing rum and lime juice. undefined

Flannel-a soft woven fabric, of various fineness

prize horse’s ass– an elite jerk or an unpleasant, unlikeable person

rile-cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations.

pint-a United States liquid unit equal to 16 fluid ounces; two pints equal one quart

nonchalant-casual

rake-a dissolute man in fashionable society

Wait up for the last part!!!!

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