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Nine Stories Summary
J. D. Salinger

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Nine Stories Summary


Seymour Glass

Seymour Glass is a young soldier who has emerged from World War II deeply troubled. He has been hospitalized as a result of his mental state, but has now been released. He acts strangely and inappropriately. His unusual actions are only hinted at in the story, but he has apparently wrecked his father-in-law's car by deliberately driving it into a tree, given his wife a book of poetry in German expecting her to learn the language so she could read it, and has done something unspecified to her grandmother's chair. His in-laws are concerned that he may try to harm their daughter.

When young Sybil startles Seymour on the beach, he instinctively reaches for his lapel as if for a gun, indicating his perhaps frightened and uncertain state of mind. He is at ease with Sybil, speaking to her in a playful, adult way. His one exchange...

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