What page is the this quote on in the book Catcher in the Rye""Then the carousel started, and I watched her go round and round...All the kids tried to grap for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe,...

What page is the this quote on in the book Catcher in the Rye

""Then the carousel started, and I watched her go round and round...All the kids tried to grap for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she's fall off the goddam horse, but I didn't say or do anything.

 

I'm doing a report and i wrote this quote down, but i forgot to write the page number down and now i can't find it please help all i need is the page number.

 

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The quote you're referring to is near the end of the next-to-last chapter of The Catcher in the Rye, i.e., Chapter 25. The words start in the middle of the paragraph, so it is easy to miss them. In my paperback edition the words are on page 211.

Then the carousel started, and I watched her go around and around. There were only about five or six other kids on the ride, and the song the carousel was playing was "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."

That is a very old song, popular in the 1920's, along with "Lady Be Good" and "Sophisticated Lady." "Smoke gets in your eyes" was a kind of metaphor for crying. A person who was crying might deny it and say some smoke got in his or her eyes. No doubt Holden was crying while he watched his little sister go blissfully round and round on the carousel. The picture on the front and back cover of my copy shows a prancing wooden carousel horse--but no doubt every edition of the book, including the original hard-cover edition, has the same illustration in red.

The incident seems to symbolize Holden's departure from childhood. He doesn't care to ride the carousel anymore. He sees that it is only a carousel and the gold ring is not really gold. He turns that adventure over to his little sister. He also seems to be abandoning the fantasy of being a rescuer of children, a catcher in the rye and all. He says:

The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you say anything to them.

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I don't have the book in front of me, but this happens at the very end of the story (one of the last pages).  Holden sees Phoebe on the carousel reaching for the brass ring but realizes he doesn't have to (or can't) save her from every danger in life.  This stands in contrast to his desire to be the "catcher in the rye" and wipe out the profanity from the elementary school.  It's an important turning point in Holden's life.

 

Good luck with your paper.

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it is on page 211 the lower half of the page

atyourservice's profile pic

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It really depends on which edition of the book you are reading, and the size of the book. In my book (little brown release) the part is located on page 232       4th paragraph.

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the quote is on page 211 on the lower half of the page.

 

Good luck with your paper!!!!

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