Holden Caulfield tells us of many people in this novel who were perfectly innocent, such as Jane Gallagher and his little sister, Phoebe. Jane is Holden’s friend from a few years back whom he had had a relationship with. All of Holden’s memories of Jane, which are the only real indications of how she is, portray her as an innocent girl who does childish things such as “Leave it [the kings] in the back row” (Catcher, 33) while they played checkers. Holden never went anywhere with Jane in sexual terms. The closest he had ever gotten to such a thing was when he kissed her face after she broke down while telling Holden about her drunken step-father (Catcher, 78-79). This could be the reason for the way he views her, as she was the only girl he had ever met that was nice, attractive, and not interested in partaking in sexual activities. Every other girl in the novel (minus Phoebe) is showed by Holden as “crumby” or uninteresting, someone that he would not like to get... [continues]
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