Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters

“Why, then, did I go on sitting in the car? Why didn’t I get out while, say, we were stopped for a red light? There seems to me at least a dozen answers to these questions, and all of them, however dimly, valid enough. I think, though, that I can dispense with them, and just reiterate that the year was 1942, that I was twenty-three, newly drafted, newly advised in the efficacy of keeping close to the herd – and, above all, I felt lonely. One simply jumped into loaded cars, as I see it, and stayed seated in them.”

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, p. 25
By J.D. Salinger
Published 1963
Labels: Classic, Fiction, Quotes, Short Story,

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