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Unformatted text preview: Mrs. Morrow is the mother of Ernest, whom Holden immediately recognizes as "doubtless the biggest bastard that ever went to Pencey." Ernie is the kind of jerk who enjoys snapping his soggy towel at the other boys' butts. He really likes hurting people, and Holden suspects that Ernie will continue to be a "rat" for the rest of his life. Although he despises her son, that is not what Holden tells Mrs. Morrow, who sees her son as a "sensitive" boy who perhaps takes life too seriously. Holden has warned us that he loves to lie. He confirms that on the ride to Penn Station. First, he introduces himself to Mrs. Morrow as Rudolf Schmidt, using the name of his dorm's janitor. Then he describes her son to Mrs. Morrow in glowing, grown-up terms. Old Ernie "adapts" very well, something that anyone who has been away at school will recognize as a universal adult virtue. Her something that anyone who has been away at school will recognize as a universal adult virtue....
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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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