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Catcher in the Rye

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Arriving in NYC

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After Holden arrives at Penn Station, he gets in a taxi and he informs the reader:

I gave the driver my regular address, just out of habit and all. I mean I completely forgot I was going to shack up in a hotel for a couple of days and not go home till vacation started. I didn't think of it till we were halfway through the park. Then I said, "Hey, do you mind turning around when you get a chance? I gave you the wrong address. I want to go back downtown."

Based on these comments, what can you infer about the influence of the setting on Holden's character?

A

Being in NYC leads Holden to forget that he was kicked out of school, which is why automatically says his address when entering a cab.

B

Part of Holden, whether he realizes it or not, wants to go home and be with his family. And yet, he isolates himself in a city where he has connections.

C

Holden cares about what the cab driver thinks of him, and is embarrassed when he tells the driver the wrong address.

D

Holden's privileged upper-middle-class existence lead him to be deeply impetuous, especially when it comes to people in the service sector, like the cab driver.

E

Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of New York City, Holden is overcome by the desire to experience everything he can.