in "Shoeless Joe," Salinger and Ray don't tell each other that they have heard the voice. Why they don't talk about it to each other? What does this say about how they fell about the magic?What...

in "Shoeless Joe," Salinger and Ray don't tell each other that they have heard the voice. Why they don't talk about it to each other? What does this say about how they fell about the magic?What makes J.D. Salinger finally decided to go on Ray's quest?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At first, there is a natural level of distrust that Salinger feels towards Ray.  He goes along with Ray because he senses that Ray holds a genuine and authentic belief in his quest, and because a game at Fenway Park is its own reward!  They both experience the voice, the magic, yet they don't speak to one another originally about it.  This might be because they both feel that they are in the presence of something very awe- inspiring.  The messages, the voice, and their implications are transformative and "life force" elements.  One lacks the vocabulary to articulate the power of such entities.  This might underscore how essential baseball is to American History, as it is its own life force that stretches back and wide to touch as many people as possible.  When in the presence of such power, one can only absorb it an not even begin to possess the vocabulary needed to talk about it.  In sharing this experience, Salinger understands Ray's quest, for he has now felt the touch that Ray has felt.  In understanding the other, Salinger decides to accompany Ray, if nothing else to "see this thing through."

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