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Miss Thang
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Today's quote from Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger:

pg. 173: "You know that song, 'If a body catch a body comin' through the rye?"

Holden, in an attempt to articulate his purpose in life to Phoebe, misspeaks the lyrics to Robert Burns's poem "Comin' Thro' the Rye." The line actually reads, "a body meet a body comin' through the rye."
Holden envisions himself being "the catcher in the rye," someone who saves others from making the same mistakes he's made thus far.
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