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Catcher in the Rye Character List
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The protagonist and narrator of the novel
Holden's annoying gross next-door neighbor in his dorm at Pencey Prep.
Holden's handsome, self-satisfied, and popular roommate at Pencey Prep.
Holden's ten-year-old sister, whom he loves dearly. Although she is six years younger than Holden, she listens to what he says and understands him more than most other people do. Roller-skate skinny with red hair. She likes to write girl books that
she never finishes. Affectionate and emotional (59).
Holden's younger brother who dies of leukemia three years before the start of the novel. He was a brilliant, friendly, red-headed boy—according to Holden, he was the smartest of the Caulfields. Wrote poetry on his baseball mitt. "You'd have liked him" (38).
D. B. Caulfield
Holden's older brother who wrote a volume of short stories that Holden admires very much, but Holden feels that he prostitutes his talents by writing for Hollywood movies.
A girl whom Holden has known and dated for a long time.
Holden's history teacher at Pencey Prep, who unsuccessfully tries to shake Holden out of his academic apathy.
Student at Columbia who was Holden's student advisor at the Whooton School. He is three years older than Holden and has a great deal of sexual experience. He was a source of knowledge about sex for the younger boys, and Holden tries to get him to talk about sex at their meeting.
Holden's former English teacher at the Elkton Hills School.He is young, clever, sympathetic, and likable, and Holden respects him.
The elevator operator at the Edmont Hotel, who procures a prostitute for Holden.
The prostitute whom Holden hires through Maurice. She is one of a number of women in the book with whom Holden clumsily attempts to connect.
Daughter of Pencey's headmaster. Sat next to Holden on the bus. Not very pretty. "She was a pretty nice girl, though" (3).
Robert Tichner & Paul Campbell
Holden's friends at Pencey. Threw the football around until after dark. Didn't want to stop. But eventually, they had to (5).
Made Holden, Paul, and Robert stop throwing the football around (5).
Mr. & Mrs. Caulfield
Holden's parents. Mr. Caulfield is a businessman. Mrs. Caulfield doesn't sleep well. She's still traumatized over Allie. "They're grand people" (9).
Headmaster at the Elkton School. One of the phoniest bastards Holden ever met (13).
Pencey Prep Headmaster. Phony. When Marsalla let one rip in chapel everyone pretended they didn't hear it. "But you could tell he heard it" (17).
Pency alumnus who made a fortune opening funeral homes. Gave a speech in the Pency chapel. Talked to Jesus, asking him to send a few more stiffs (17).
Holden's friend at Pencey. Let one rip during Ossenburger's speech that " damn near blew the roof off" (17).
Ackley kid. Roomed next to Holden at Pencey. No one liked him. Nosey and dirty. Holden took him along into town to be nice. Bad skin and bad teeth that "always looked mossy and awful" (19).
Holden's roomate at Pencey. Handsome and shallow. Asks Holden to write his composition for him and goes on a date with Jane Gallagher. Holden and Stradlater have a fist-fight. He was a friendly guy but "it was partly a phony kind of friendly (26).
Stradlater's date and Holden's childhood friend. His image of frozen perfection. A major character in the book without actually appearing in it. When she and Holden played checkers she would never move her kings out of the back row (31). A girl with whom Holden spent a lot of time one summer, when their families stayed in neighboring summer houses in Maine.
Pencey wrestler who goes into town to get a burger and maybe catch a movie with Holden and (relunctantly) Ackly (35).
Ackley's absent roomate (49)
Pencey student who buys Holden's typewriter for twenty dollars (52).
Attractive woman. Holden meets her on the train from Agerstown to New York City. He lies to her
to spare her feelings concerning her son. Holden also tells her that he has a brain tumor (54).
A classmate of Holden's. Although Holden tells his mother that he is popular but sensitive, in actuality he is "doubtless the biggest bastard that ever went to Pencey" and "about as sensitive as a goddam toilet seat"(54).
Takes Holden to the Edmont Hotel. Holden asks him about where the Central Park ducks go in the winter. (60).
Edmont Hotel Perverts
The transvestite dressing up in front of the mirror (61).
The girl who was getting water squirtted all over her face (62).
Ann Louise Sherman
A girl that Holden once necked with all night even though she was a big phoney (63).
Marty, Laverne, and Bernice Crabs or Krebs
Three girls that Holden meets in the Lanender Room. Tourists from Seattle. He dances with Bernice Crabs or Krebs. They spend their time looking for movie stars (like Peter Lorre) and then stick Holden with the check (69).
Horwitz (Second Cabbie)
Drives Holden from the Lavender Room to Ernie's. Holden asks him where the Central Park ducks go in the winter (81).
Former girlfriend of D.B., Holden runs into her at Ernie's. Marvellous! (86).
The Two Nuns
Holden meets them in the sandwich bar. One is an English teacher. They discuss "Romeo and Juliet" over eggs. Holden gives them ten dollars as a contribution (109).
Sally Hayes' crazy mother. Holden talks to her on the phone when he's drunk. She likes her ass kissed (114).
The Family on Broadway
Father, mother and six-year old boy who was skipping from the curb into the street and back again. The boy's parents ignored him. The traffic didn't. He was singing "If a body catch a body coming through the rye" (115).
Classmate at Elkton Hills. His name was next to Holden's at roll call. He refused to take back something that he said. Jumped
out of a window (?) and died. Holden heard him land and saw him dead (170).
Elkton Hills boy who was insulted by James Castle. He and six of his friends tried to force James Castle to take back what he has said (170).
Holden meets in the Metropolitan Museum. They're skipping school. They ask Holden where the mummies are kept. They go together, sticking close to Holden. One does all of the talking, the other "don't feel like it". They leave Holden in the tomb (202).
A Psychoanalyst at the California hospital. Keeps on asking Holden if he's going to apply himself. "It's a stupid question" (213).
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