Sally Hayes is a beautiful young woman whom Holden has dated in the past. Like Holden, Sally goes to a private school, but her school lets out for winter break earlier than Pencey, which is why she’s able to meet Holden in New York City when he calls her. Despite this invitation, though, Holden doesn’t truly respect Sally, though he finds her attractive and thus decides to spend time with her. Still, he has trouble enjoying himself when he’s in her presence, since she uses phrases that annoy him and likes things that he finds shallow and pointless. For instance, he gets frustrated with her because she likes a play that they see together on Broadway, though he also tells her on this date that he loves her—an excessive display of emotion that pours forth from him simply because he’s eager for human interaction. After the play, Sally suggests that they go ice-skating, but this outing only turns into an argument when Holden tries to explain his cynical worldview to her. Unlike him, Sally thinks that people should follow rules in life, an idea that so thoroughly upsets Holden that he calls her a “royal pain in the ass” before leaving.


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Then, just to show you how crazy I am, when we were coming out of this big clinch, I told her I loved her and all. It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it. I’m crazy. I swear to God I am.


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