The point that Franny does not understand Jesus is an important one. This seems to relate to Buddy's idea of this story being a love story. Franny then tells Zooey about her religion professor, who she thinks hates her because she does not respond favorably when he is being phony and charming. Franny tells him that she is worried about her motives for doing the prayer but does not know what else to do. Zooey - Part 3 Summary Franny lies asleep on the couch in the living room of the Glass apartment. Zooey apologizes briefly and leaves the room.
He asks Franny how their parents could have produced the children that they did. Franny asks whether he received his script. Zooey spots sheet music with a picture of their parents on the cover. Zooey tells Franny that their brother Walter's religious philosophy was that God did bad things to people who called the world ugly. Zooey calls him the most intelligent man in the Bible. Looking outside, Zooey sees a beautiful scene of a young girl and a dog.
Zooey enters the room with a cigar and wakes up Franny. This indicates that part of losing all pretension and phoniness is being able to appreciate and love all human beings. Zooey rants about out-of-towners who try too hard to find quaint restaurants and bars. Zooey, with the help of his older brothers, will eventually counsel Franny out of this breakdown. Zooey then returns to Franny not understanding Jesus. Zooey asks if that is what she wants from the Jesus prayer--because if she is hoping to gain things from that, she is just as bad as someone who wants physical things like clothing or food. In truth, Zooey thinks, Franny wants to be connected to Seymour more than to Jesus.
They talk about acting and scripts. Zooey tells her that he once wanted to try the Jesus prayer, too, but did not. She tried to ignore her frustration at first but recently could not do it anymore. Zooey goes on to say that he is frustrated with the ego and the phoniness of television. If she was trying to do that, Franny admits, she would be no better off than people trying to accumulate material possessions. Commentary This section starts the build-up to the climax of the story.
Zooey also questions Franny's motives with the prayer. She says she wants to talk to Seymour. When she came up for air, girls from her dorm tried to hit her on the head with an oar. Zooey thinks that it should not be personal. Therefore, Franny must remember to recognize the problem as hers.
Zooey says this to Franny because he thinks that Franny mistakenly, and perhaps subconsciously, combines Jesus with other Biblical figures and with their brother Seymour. Seymour and Buddy made them into freaks, Zooey says. He says that it is too hard on the family to have her do this and break down at home. Zooey also has a problem with Franny putting down egos. First, he reminds Franny that she must turn inward and take responsibility for her own feelings. Zooey asks Franny if he can talk to her for a while.
He thinks that she wants to make him more lovable than he is. He becomes annoyed that people get so sidetracked from the beauty of life. Zooey says that the two of them must remember not to rail at other people and things, but at themselves. To become pure, Franny should be able to love people even without loving their egos. Some are good, like those that make creativity possible. Franny says that he sounds like she does. Another problem that Zooey has is with Franny's personal hatred of people who are egotistical.
As he is saying this, Franny is remembering the Saturday before--ruining Lane Coutell's day. But before doing that, he must outline the religious philosophy that has been handed down to them. The website currently has about according to Quantcast. While she rails against egos and phoniness, she must remember that she has much more perspective on this life than most people. She says that she wants wisdom from college and she cannot find it.