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Read the following excerpt from J.D. Salinger's novel, Catcher in the Rye. Then annotate using the comment section. Feel free to respond to your virtual peers, as well.

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The thing was, I couldn't think of a room or a house or anything to describe the way Stradlater said he had to have. I'm not too crazy about describing rooms and houses anyway. So what I did, I wrote about my brother Allie's baseball mitt. It was a very descriptive subject. It really was. My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder's mitt. He was left-handed. The thing that was descriptive about it, though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere. In green ink. He wrote them on it so that he'd have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up to bat. He's dead now. He got leukemia and died when were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946. You'd have liked him. He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty times as intelligent. He was terrifically intelligent. His teachers were always writing letters to my mother, telling her what a pleasure it was having a boy like Allie in their class. And they weren't just shooting the crap. They really meant it. But it wasn't just that he was the most intelligent member in the family. He was also the nicest, in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody. People with red hair are supposed to get mad very easily, but Allie never did, and he had very red hair. I'll tell you what kind of red hair he had. I started playing golf when I was only ten years old. I remember once, the summer I was around twelve, teeing off and all, and having a hunch that all of a sudden, I'd see Allie. So I did, and sure enough, he was sitting on his bike outside the fence - there was this fence that went all around the course - and he was sitting there, about a hundred and fifty yards behind me, watching me tee off. That's the kind of red hair he had. God, he was nice kid, though. He used to laugh so hard at something he thought of at the dinner table that he just about fell off his chair. I was only thirteen and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them. I really don't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand couldn't do it. It was a very stupid thing to do, I'll admit, but I hardly didn't even know I was doing it, and you didn't know Allie. My hand still hurts me once in a while, when it rains and all, and I can't make a real fist any more - not a tight one, I mean - but outside of that I don't care much. I mean I'm not going to be a goddam surgeon or violinist or anything anyway.

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Anthony L (Sep 24 2020 3:45PM) : Allie was very smart and liked poetry
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C F
(Sep 25 2020 1:11PM) : Why is this significant? Consider how this relates to our speaker and their oldest brother, D.B.
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Jade S (Sep 30 2020 2:51PM) : This small sentence was kind of straight forward.
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Anthony L (Sep 24 2020 3:39PM) : This book was about the mid 1900's
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C F
(Sep 25 2020 1:11PM) : Why is this important? (If you knew the author's back story, you'd know that he fought in WWII and came back devastated. He probably would be diagnosed with PTSD if he were alive today.) So why might he be writing a story where the younger brother dies
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Gianna C (Sep 22 2020 12:44PM) : Very kind towards this brother compared to D.B.
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C F
(Sep 22 2020 6:06PM) : Definitely. But this might be natural since Allie passed away. We tend to hold our loved ones who have died in higher regard, don't we?
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Amy B (Oct 01 2020 4:07PM) : The way she explained what kind of hair Allie had was very different than what other would explain what kind of hair a person has.
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C F
(Oct 04 2020 6:36PM) : Good. Why might this be significant?
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Gianna C (Sep 22 2020 12:41PM) : Anger issues? [Edited]
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C F
(Sep 22 2020 6:07PM) : I agree! This scene screams of trauma, doesn't it?
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Jade S (Sep 30 2020 2:53PM) : She probably tried to break the window of the station wagon, because they took it with them the summer vacation when her brother died. She sounded like she wanted to, the wagon reminded her of Allie's death in a way.
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Anthony L (Sep 24 2020 3:41PM) : She permanently hurt her hand after hearing that her brother passed away [Edited]
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C F
(Sep 25 2020 1:09PM) : Good. What does this suggest about the speaker's (his) relationship with his brother and his emotional state after this loss?
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Gianna C (Sep 22 2020 12:30PM) : Lots of repetition of the word "anyway" and it's written in italics at the very end
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Jade S (Sep 30 2020 2:48PM) : The writer sounds angry, but that's just the tone I read it in. In a way the whole writing was a little blunt. She portrayed her brother's lose as very painful maybe both emotionally and physically. more
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C F
(Oct 04 2020 6:36PM) : I would agree. The speaker is full of criticism that might mask some of his anger.
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