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The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger
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How and why did Holden deceive Mrs. Morrow?

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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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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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