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Who's "faggy" in the text below?

Here's an extract from The catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger;

I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing
way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill, right next to this crazy cannon that
was in the Revolutionary War and all. You could see the whole field from
there, and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the
place. You couldn't see the grandstand too hot, but you could hear them all
yelling, deep and terrific on the Pencey side, because practically the whole
school except me was there, and scrawny and faggy on the Saxon Hall side,
because the visiting team hardly ever brought many people with them.

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    He's characterizing the yelling of the two sides like you would normally describe people. "Deep and terrific" is supposed to evoke imagery of a powerful, strong and boisterous man. It's contrasted with "scrawny and faggy", which is supposed to evoke the imagery of a weak, thin wisp of a person.

    The "faggy" is defined as you would possibly expect. "Fag", in case you didn't know, is a pejorative term for a gay man, and a common stereotype of gay men (especially during Salinger's time, and ESPECIALLY from the view of Holden Caulfield) is that they are effeminate, wimpy people. So he's saying that the Saxon Hill side sounds like a thin, weak-voiced gay man who could be beaten up by the strong-armed macho on the Pencey side.

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