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The Fall

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"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.” (Salinger, ch. 24)

What is the BEST explanation for the meaning of the above quote?

A

The fall will physically harm Holden if he does not prepare himself.

B

The fall will destroy any chance Holden has at having a bright future.

C

The fall is self-imposed and will wreak havoc on Holden's life, leaving him delusional.

D

Holden is on the verge of a great fall because of his inability to see the future clearly and appreciate his opportunities that surround him.

E

The fall Holden is about to take is one that will end any chance of leading a prosperous and successful life.