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“I had blood all over my mouth and chin and even on my pajamas and bathrobe. It partly scared me and it partly fascinated me.”

What does this illustrate about Holden's character?


Blood and gore interest Holden; he is obsessed with pain and the macabre.


Holden is a masochist and enjoys being physically beat up by his roommate.


Holden is a pacifist — the blood interests him because he does not see blood very often.


Because it reminds him of Allie, Holden may simultaneously associate blood with both innocence and death.


Blood reminds Holden of how he and Allie used to wrestle and play a “blood brothers” game when they were children. It both fascinates and scares him because he enjoys memories of Allie, but these same thoughts sadden him because Allie is no longer alive.

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