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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?


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


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.


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


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...”


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

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