You never saw such gore in your life….It partly scared me and it partly fascinated me. All that blood and all sort of made me look tough. I’d only been in about two fights in my life, and I lost both of them. I’m not too tough. I’m a pacifist, if you want to know the truth.
– J. D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye. Chapter 6. Holden is looking at himself in the mirror after his fight with Stradlater.