The book that really stuck with me, though, was Franny and Zooey. And all because of these lines:
"But I'll tell you a terrible secret — Are you listening to me? There isn't anyone out there who isn't Seymour's Fat Lady. That includes your [g.d.] Professor Tupper, buddy. And all his cousins by the dozens. There isn't anyone anywhere that isn't Seymour's Fat Lady. Don't you know that? Don't you know that [g.d.] secret yet? And don't you know — listen to me, now — don't you know who that Fat Lady really is? . . . Ah, buddy. Ah, buddy. It's Christ Himself. Christ Himself, buddy."
Whatever these lines mean to other readers, as a performer, they have stayed with me for decades.
( [g.d.'s] removed by me - never did get used to G. being tossed around, even for literary flavor)