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Catcher in the Rye

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Holden and Phoebe's Conversation

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""You know that song 'If a body catch a body comin' through the rye'? I'd like –"

"It's 'If a body meet a body coming through the rye'!" old Phoebe said. "It's a poem. By Robert Burns."

"I know it's a poem by Robert Burns." She was right, though. It is "If a body meet a body coming through the rye." I didn't know it then, though.

"I thought it was 'If a body catch a body,'" I said. "Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy."

Which statement describes the best meaning of this conversation between Phoebe and Holden?

A

Holden does not understand that sometimes you must lose your innocence in order to grow up and mature.

B

Holden is striving to preserve childhood innocence.

C

Holden realizes that he is the individual that is heading for the cliff.

D

Holden thinks that growing up requires the loss of one's innocence.

E

Holden is testing his sister's intelligence to see if she knows the Robert Burns poem.