The Catcher in the Rye

by: J. D. Salinger

Chapters 1–2

1

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

2

I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.

3

It’s partly true, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true.

4

I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something. Or if they just flew away.

5

Sometimes I act a lot older than I am—I really do—but people never notice it. People never notice anything.