How and why did Holden deceive Mrs. Morrow?
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.
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.
Holden began to lie to Mrs. Morrow when they first met; " "May I ask your name, dear?" "Rudolf Schmidt," I told her. I didn't feel like giving her my whole life history. Rudolf Schmidt was the name of the janitor of our dorm." (Salinger 61) Holden began to lie to Mrs. Morrow because he was unsure how he felt about her and the type of person she'd be.
"Her son was doubtless the biggest bastard that ever went to Pencey, in the whole crumby history of the school. He was always going down the corridor, after he'd had a shower, snapping his soggy old wet towel at people's asses. That's exactly the kind of a guy he was." ( Salinger 61) He lies a explains how "wonderful" he is.
"She was looking at me sort of funny. I may be wrong but I believe your nose is bleeding, dear, she said, all of a sudden. I nodded and took out my handkerchief. "I got hit with a snowball," I said. "One of those very icy ones." I probably would've told her what really happened, but it would've taken too long. I liked her, though." (Salinger 63) He doesn't tell her the truth about getting into a fight.
Holden continues to lies about various topics to Mrs. Morrow throughout this chapter these are just a few.