Wednesday, February 3

chapter sixteen.

The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and their pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving the same blanket. Nobody’d be different, that’s all. You’d have an overcoat on this time. Or the kid that was your partner in line the last time had got scarlet fever and you’d have a new partner. Or you’d have a substitute taking the class, instead of Miss Aigletinger. Or you’d heard your mother and father having a terrific fight in the bathroom. Or you’d just passed by one of those puddles in the street with gasoline rainbows in them. I mean you’d be different in some way -- I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it.
--Holden Caulfield


ana dane said...

a lovely text accompaniment.

however, "catcher" was the only book i didn't enjoy reading in high school. i don't know why. i just didn't like it.

avra romanowitz said...

i just reread one night. you might like it since some time has gone by.