A Perfect Day for Bananafish

J. D. Salinger – The New Yorker, January 31, 1948, pages 21-25

THERE WERE ninety-seven New York advertising men in the hotel, and, the way they were monopolizing the long-distance lines, the girl in 507 had to wait from noon till almost two-thirty to get her call through. She used the time, though. She read an article in a women’s pocket-size magazine, called “Sex Is Fun-or Hell.” She washed her comb and brush. She took the spot out of the skirt of her beige suit. She moved the button on her Saks blouse. She tweezed out two freshly surfaced hairs in her mole. When the operator finally rang her room, she was sitting on the window seat and had almost finished putting lacquer on the nails of her left hand.

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She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing. She looked as if her phone had been ringing continually ever since she had reached puberty.

With her little lacquer brush, while the phone was ringing, she went over the nail of her little finger, accentuating the line of the moon. She then replaced the cap on the bottle of lacquer and, standing up, passed her left–the wet–hand back and forth through the air. With her dry hand, she picked up a congested ashtray from the window seat and carried it with her over to the night table, on which the phone stood. She sat down on one of the made-up twin beds and–it was the fifth or sixth ring–picked up the phone.

..for the rest of the short story by JD Salinger, click here.

top – Shai …………. Southern Comfort Suit (mens) – charcoal
bottom – I Love 13 …………. Ladybug Bloomers
nylons – Insolence …………. Dolores Bloggers Special
shoes – Last Call …………. Vamp – onyx
eyes – LeLutka …………. sky
lashes – Milk Motion …………. standard
skin – Milk Motion …………. Ninon Pale T – white around the eyes
hair – Clawtooth …………. CBC: You Say Tomato – black beauty
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