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Consider the tone, language, and diction that Holden uses in the first sentence of Catcher in the Rye:

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

Of the following choices, which is the BEST description of Holden's tone and attitude towards the reader?


The language Holden uses is condescending and suggests that he assumes that the recipient of his story is much less intelligent than he is.


Holden's language and tone have a biting and harsh effect, perhaps due to the fact that he is angry about what he deems was a “lousy childhood.”


That Holden dismisses Dickens' David Copperfield reveals his disregard for the author's work, and his cynical and philistine attitude towards art in a more general sense.


Holden begins talking about himself reluctantly, as though the reader's need to hear his story is much stronger than his need to tell it.


Holden's tone reveals his unstable psychological state and the serious emotional trouble he is experiencing.

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