The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

Chapters 1–2

Quotes Chapters 1–2
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.
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.
It’s partly true, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true.
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.
Sometimes I act a lot older than I am—I really do—but people never notice it. People never notice anything.