Allie wrote poems, in green ink, all over the glove so that he would have something to read when he was in the field and bored. When Holden was telling the story, I hope Holden's horsing around, which could make him feel that Allie was right nearby, even though he couldn't see him. Reading this part is so heartbreaking!
Allie's left-handed fielder's mitt, not a catcher's mitt, so different from Holden, is such an intimate topic, that might be wasted on Stradlater.
Holden keeps the glove with him and often thinks about Allie, whom he could not defend from death. Holden made up his mind to be protective of children later, I am sure, which is related to his feeling for Allie.
All in all, The Catcher in the Rye is the story of a boy who once loved something so much that he cannot dare to love again now that the person is gone. The theme of ‘pain avoidance,’ then, however mundane, becomes the secret to decoding all of Holden’s self-destructive behavior. In order to heal, he will have to learn to love again without fear and without shutting down.
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