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How did Holden deceive Mrs. Morrow? The woman that was on the bus and why did he do...

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smartyjazz22 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 29, 2007 at 5:49 AM via web

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How did Holden deceive Mrs. Morrow?

The woman that was on the bus and why did he do that?

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teacherdjd | Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 17, 2007 at 2:45 AM (Answer #2)

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Holden deceives Mrs. Marrow in numerous ways. He begins by lying about his name, claiming to be Rudolph Schmidt. He then informs her that her son is one of the most popular kids at Pency. Additionally, he tells her that "a bunch of us wanted old Ernie to be president of the class" but because he was so modest and shy, he wouldn't let them elect him (Salinger 56 - 57). Finally, he tells Mrs. Marrow that he is going home early because he has a brain tumor and has to have an operation.

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revolution | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted August 14, 2009 at 9:45 PM (Answer #3)

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He had been deceiving Mrs Morrow all these time. Firstly, Holden told a lie to her, telling her that his real name was Rudolph Schmidt, which is actually the school janitor’s name. Later, he tells really big fabrications about her son, Ernest, saying that he was the most popular boy in school and he would have been already elected the president of the child if he had let the other pupils in class nominate him for the role. When she ask Holden why he is leaving the school so early now, he told a white lie and said he was going for a brain tumor operation in a hospital in New York and he was traveling there to be treated. This shows how immature and imbalanced his mindset is and also shows us that he is trying to avoid all the attention aiming towards his actions and behaviours

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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 17, 2014 at 1:13 AM (Answer #4)

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Holden deceives Mrs. Morrow by telling lies to her about her son. He goes on and on about what a terrific son she has. Yet, he actually hates Mrs. Morrow's son. He lies about his name, his purpose for leaving school early, and about her son's popularity. Holden himself wasn't sure why he started lying. This reveals the instability in his mind. 

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted January 29, 2007 at 6:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Mrs. Morrow is the mother of one of Holden's classmates. He lies to her because he doesn't want her to know that he's been kicked out of school.

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