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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?


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


Holden is striving to preserve childhood innocence.


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


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


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

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