Holden tears up Stradlater's composition when Stradlater says that Holden always gets everything backasswards. Then Holden lights a cigarette because he knows Stradlater hates it, when he asks about Jane directly. Suspecting that Stradlater may have had sex with his sweet neighbor, which sends Holden into a fit of rage, Holden punched Stradlater, though Stradlater is much stronger than him, but missed.
Holden could just keep calling Stradlater a "dirty, stupid sonuvabitch of a moron",because Stradlater is too much of an oaf to appreciate the beauty of Holden's choice to describe the mitt, and because Stradlater couldn't value a pure girl who keeps her kings in the back row when playing checker because they look nice back there.
Holden tries to fight his older, stronger roommate, but, of course, he has no chance.
It seems that Holden views all these stuff from a distant perspective. He seems disconnected from the fight and the pain that he suffers and fascinated the look of his bloody face without considering the actual fight itself.
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