The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

What reason does Holden give as to why he flunks out of Elkton Hills? Is his reason a good one?

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"I didn't have too much difficulty at Elkton Hills," I told him. "I didn't exactly flunk out or anything. I just quit, sort of."

"Why, may I ask?"

"Why? Oh, well it's a long story, sir. I mean it's pretty complicated." I didn't feel like going into the whole thing with him. He wouldn't have understood it anyway. It wasn't up his alley at all. One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all.

Holden's reason is a justification more than a fact..... it does not pass as a good reason. It is an excuse.


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