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“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.”
“Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it.” Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right—I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game.

Which choice provides the most accurate analysis of the exchange between Holden and Mr. Spencer?


Holden verbally dismisses Spencer's statement about life being a game whose rules must be followed, and later regrets that he was rude to his teacher, who he cared for and might never see again.


Holden reluctantly admits that he knows Spencer's interpretation of life as “a game that one plays according to the rules” is correct, even if he [Holden] wishes the world worked differently.


Although Holden defers to Mr. Spencer, he doesn't actually believe in the notion of life being the game that Spencer describes. Holden's internal narrative reveals how he feels alone and victimized, as though the world is against him.


Although he doesn't tell Holden, it is evident that Spencer is aware and slightly insulted that Holden is patronizing him in his response.


Their conversation reveals that Holden and Mr. Spencer share similarly cynical views about society and the world. This exchange is an example of how they feed off each other's rants and complaints.

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