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Catcher in the Rye

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Holden's Lies 1

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What does Holden telling Ernest Morrow's mother lies about her son rather than telling her how he often tries to hurt people by slapping them with a wet towel reflect about Holden's character?

A

Holden genuinely believes his own lies thinking that Ernest is actually a swell guy.

B

Holden, although not a big fan of Ernest, felt that Mrs. Morrow was too nice but not too sharp in the brains department; rather than ruin her outlook on her son, he thought it better to make Ernest out to be a shy and modest guy.

C

Holden views Mrs. Morrow as a mother he wishes he had; he thinks of her as a weak individual, like the other women in his life, who couldn't handle the truth about her son.

D

Holden is selfish, never thinking about others' feelings; Holden's deviousness is just one of his many ways that he tries to take revenge on the people whom he views as phonies and morons.

E

Holden enjoys telling lies about others, even if it makes someone he views as a jerk look like a good guy,