Holden opens the chapter by telling us that he loves to lie

Holden opens the chapter by telling us that he loves to lie...

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Holden opens the chapter by telling us that he loves to lie. It is unlikely that he is lying about that.  Because he is the narrator, the reader might take some caution in "believing" what Holden says; he  exaggerates mercilessly: Ossenburger's speech lasts ten hours, he tells us, flavored with fifty corny  jokes; his cheap funerals probably consist of shoving the deceased into sacks and dumping them in  a river; Ackley, the obnoxious pest next door, barges in on Holden about eighty-five times a day;  Holden asks him not to clip his nails onto the floor fifty times. The world is not big enough for Holden;  he needs to blow it up a little. However, Holden's hyperbole and wild imaginings usually are not malicious. When he assumes a  false identity or claims he is headed for the opera as he actually goes to buy a magazine, he is  playing. Life is a bit boring for Holden; he just needs to liven up the action.
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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