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In J D Salingers novel The Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield the protagonist spends several days wandering around New York City all alone During this time he learns many things about himself He seems to have some sort of mental problem but this problem fortunately begins to be less serious by the end of the story But more interesting than the things he knows about himself are the things he has yet to discover about himself Holden is constantly holding children on a pedestal and dismissing adults as phonies Holden though he does not know it subconsciously protects the innocence of childhood within his mind In the book Holden constantly reminisces about Jane Gallagher a friend of his that he met a few summers ago in Maine The day that Holden leaves Pencey Stradlater tells him that he is going on a date with Jane Upon hearing this Holden says to Stradlater I used to play checkers with her all the time You used to play what with her all the time Checkers Checkers for Chrissake Yeah She wouldnt move any of her kings What shed do when shed get a king she wouldnt move it Shed just leave it in the back row Shed get them all lined up in the back row Then shed never use them She just liked the way the looked when they were all in the back row 31-32 Holden later becomes jealous of Stradlater when he suspects that he had sex with Jane As Holden later wanders around New York many times he has an impulse to call Jane but does not He never gives a reason but subconsciously he realizes that if he calls Jane he will have to face a new person who may have lost the innocence of a girl who plays checkers and keeps all her kings in the back row Holden is afraid to face the possibility of a new Jane
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