And when I say "J.D, Salinger", you say what?
The Cather in the Rye, betcha'...
But when I noted this line on my Yahoo! email :
News Alert: J.D. Salinger, Author of 'The Catcher in the Rye' Is Dead at 91
I said "For Esmé - with Love and Squalor".
I was startled to read this news, once because J.D. Salinger died, and again that I only realized he had been still living all these years when I read the news of his death. Perhaps it was because he never really existed for me. Did not knew a thing about Salinger as all I cared about was this catcher in the rye.
Or I recalled Esmé's story because this was the first one of his stories I read? The one I recall each time when I receive a letter as friendly smile to pull me out of my own mess. The one I recalled when I was trying to yawn with my mouth closed as a proper girl will. The one I recall because:
" You take a really sleepy man, Esmé, and he always stands a chance of again becoming a man with all his fac-with all his f-a-c-u-1-t-i-e-s intact."