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Catcher in the Rye

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Lavender Room

CATCHR-GOJ9TE

I ordered a Scotch and soda, and told him not to mix it. I said it fast as hell, because if you hem and haw, they think you're under twenty-one and won't sell you any intoxicating liquor. I had trouble with him anyway, though.

"I'm sorry, sir," he said, "but do you have some verification of your age? Your driver's license, perhaps?"

I gave him this very cold stare, like he's insulted the hell out of me, and asked him, "Do I look like I'm under twenty-one?"

"I'm sorry, sir, but we have our -- "

"Okay, okay," I said. I figured the hell with it. "Bring me a Coke."

Read the above dialogue between Holden and the bartender at the Lavender Room. What can be inferred by reading the bartender’s comments?

A

The reader can infer that though Holden is not aware of it, he is very drunk and is making a fool of himself.

B

The reader can begin to understand that Holden does not, contrary to what he has told the reader, have experience going on dates in the city.

C

The reader understands that Holden looks young, even if he does not admit this about his appearance.

D

This is one of the first of many instances when Holden shows a lack of judgement, which the reader can infer from the fact that he “said it fast as hell, because if you hem and haw...”

E

The reader can infer that the bartender at the Lavender Room has no sympathy for Holden.