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Catcher in the Rye: Explain Holden's response to Mr. Spencer's admonition to Holden that "life is a game played according to the rules."

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To a certain extent, Holden feels a bit dismayed at the cliched setting and advice that Spencer offers.  On one level, Holden understands that Spencer cares for him and this is evident in the fact that he wished to meet with him.  On the other hand, Holden feels that Mr. Spencer has genuine and...

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