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Catcher in the Rye

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Antolini's advice

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"...Listen to me a minute now... I may not word this as memorably as I'd like to, but I'll write you a letter about it in a day or two...This fall I think you're riding for, it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement's designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn't supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started. You follow me?"

What is the most accurate interpretation of Mr. Antolini's advice to Holden?

A

Mr. Antolini is telling Holden about the possible consequences that could occur when someone is kicked out of school more than three times.

B

Mr. Antolini is imploring Holden not to give up on life, telling him [Holden] that his circumstances will improve if he just tries harder.

C

Mr. Antolini is explaining the harm in falling prey to disillusionment while one is still quite young.

D

Mr. Antolini is advising Holden to create his own opportunities if his current environment is not providing him with the opportunities he needs.

E

Mr. Antolini is telling Holden that he must not kill himself or be defeated by depression.