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Catcher in the Rye

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Where is Holden Caulfield, the narrator, when he begins telling the story on page one
Near Hollywood
In a long flashback, Holden takes us back to the day when he was standing on a hill; it is the middle of a Saturday afternoon, and only a few days prior to the start of the Christmas holidays. First name the hill, from which Holden sees the big football game. Then, quote a description of the game
Thomsen Hill. "You could see the whole field from there, and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the place."
Quote the description of Selma Thurmer on Page 3. Why does Holden like Selma
"Old Selma Thurmer- she was the headmaster's daughter-showed up at the games quite often, but she wasn't exactly the type that drove you mad with desire. She was a pretty nice girl, though. I sat next to her once in the bus from Agerstown and we sort of struck up a conversation. I liked her. She had a big nose and her nails were all bitten down and bleedy-looking and she had on those damn falsies..." Holden liked Selma because "she didn't give you a lot of horse manure about what a great guy her father was. She probably knew what a phony slob he was."
Describing the teacher he has an interview with, Holden tells us, "He made out like he was only pinching it, but he was really getting the old thumb right in there" Name the teacher and explain what their conversation is about.
The teacher is Mr. Spencer and their conversation was about Holden's career academically. It was basically about Mr. Spencer laying into Holden about not doing well.
What was the biggest reason Hold left Elkton Hills
Everyone there were phonies. even the headmaster was a phony. A lot bigger of a phony than the headmaster at his present school
What does Holden mean "I felt sorry as hell for him...but I just couldn't hand around there any longer, the way we were on opposite sides of the pole."
Holden felt sorry for him because he tried to help Holden but he just didn't take any of the help. he felt sorry for Mr. Spencer because he liked Holden and wanted to see him pass through but Holden still failed
What kind of health does Holden appear to be in?
Holden appears to be in pretty good healthy besides his smoking. His mental health is absolutely horrible because of all the jumping around and failing he's doing
What is Pencey Prep, and why does Holden dislike it
His boarding school he just failed out of. He doesn't like it because he thinks the people are phonies there
What can you infer about Holden's character through his note to Mr. Spencer
I can infer that holden doesn't really care about failing. you can inger that he doesn't have a hard time accepting defeat because he's probably been dealing with it all of his life
What is he wondering in terms of the ducks
He is wondering if the ducks will be there and if the lake is frozen over. He's also wondering where the ducks will go if they're not there and the lake is frozen over
How does Marsalla disrupt Ossenburger's speech. And what is Marsalla's excuse for not repeating the performance
He farted really loud. Marsalla wasn't in the right mood to rip off another one
List some of the books that Holden has enjoyed reading. Do you think Holden is illiterate
He reads books by his brother D.V. and Ring Lardner. He's currently reading Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. He also reads classic books like the Return of the Native
What does Holden say about calling up authors
Holden says it would be cool if he could call up the other authors like they were a close friend or something
Describe Ackley
Ackley hardly ever went anywhere. He was a very peculiar guy. He was one of those very, very tall, round-shouldered guys with lousy teeth
Describe Stradlater
He's got this superior attitude all the time."
"I don't even think the sonuvabitch is intelligent. He thinks he is. He thinks he's about the most..."
Quote Stradlater on the directions for his composition. Explain Holden's reaction.
Stradlater says "Anything. Anything descriptive. A room. Or a house. Or something you once lived in or something - you know. Just as long as it's descriptive as hell." Holden couldn't believe he was asking the kid whose flunking out to do a project for him.
Who is Stradlater's date? How does Holden feel about the date?
Stradlater's date is Jane Gallagher. She lived next to Holden the summer before last. Holden really wants to talk to her.
What is boring about Holden's life at Pencey?
He doesn't go on dates with girls.
He stays in on Friday nights and does homework for other people instead of going out with friends or girls
What does Holden have for dinner in the dormitory
Steak. They were these little hard, dry jobs that you could hardly even cut. You always got these very lumpy mashed potatoes on steak night, and for dessert you got Brown Betty, which nobody ate, except maybe the little kids in the lower school that didn't know any better - and guys like Ackley that ate everything
Where does Holden go with Mal Brossard? Where does Ackley go?
We'd take a bus into Agerstown and have a hamburger and maybe see a lousy movie. Neight of us felt like sitting around on our ass all night. I asked Mal if he minded if Ackley came along with us. The reason I asked was because Ackley never did anything on Saturday night, except stay in his room and squeeze his pimples or something. Ackley went with them on the bus
What does Holden describe for Stradlater's composition? Quote a line
Holden describes a baseball glove. It was his brother Allies left-handed fielder's mitt. "The thing that was descriptive about it, though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere. In green ink. He wrote them on it so that he'd have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up at bat."
Describe Allie
Allie is Holden's brother who died from leukemia. He's dead now. He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946. You'd have liked him. He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty times as intelligent. He was terrifically intelligent. His teachers were always writing letters to my mother, telling her what a pleasure it was having a boy lie Allie in their class. And they weren't just shooting the crap. They really meant it. But it wasn't just that he was the most intelligent member in the family. He was also the nicest, in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody. People with red hair are supposed to get mad very easily, but Allie never did, and he had very red hair. God, he was a nice kid, though. He used to laugh so hard at something he thought of at the dinner table that he just about fell off his chair.
What did Holden do the night Allie died?
He broke all the windows in the garage. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time, and I couldn't do it.
When he is describing Allie, Holden says, "you didn't know Allie." Who is the "you" Holden
is addressing
"It was a very stupid thing to do, I'll admint, but I hardly didn't even know I was doing it, and you didn't know Allie." The you he is addressing is the reader.
How does Stradlater react to the composition?
"For Chrissake, Holden. This is about a goddang baseball glove." "I told ya it had to be about a dang room or a house or something." "God dang it." "You always do everything backwards." "No wonder you're flunking the heck out of here."
What is Stradlater's "professional secret?"
Whether or not he gave "the time" to Jane.
Why does Holden destroy the composition?
Holden destroys the composition because Stradlater just got done saying how horrible it was.
Is Stradlater a bully? Be sure and quote a line in defense of your position.
Stradlater is a bully because he says "No wonder you're flunking the hell out of here."
What is the question Holden asks Ackley about monastic orders?
"Listen. What's the routine on joining a monastery?"
Why does he ask Ackley?
Holden asks because Ackley was really into going to mass in the morning so he was just trying to connect with him a little bit.
What is the last brave act Holden performs before he leaves Pencey?
When Holden yells "Sleep tight, ya morons!"
Quote Holden's remarks about peanut shells. What does it say about human nature?
Some stupid guy had thrown peanut shells all over the stairs, and I damn near broke my crazy neck. This says that the people don't really care about this generation.
Ackley is only disturbed by the fight because he wants to get some sleep and go where?
Ackley is wanting to go to mass in the morning.
Why does Holden walk to the train station?
It was too late to call up for a cab or anything, so I walked the whole way to the station. It wasn't too far, but it was cold as hell, and the snow made it hard for walking, and my gladstones kept banging hell out of my legs. I sort of enjoyed the air and all, though. The only trouble was, the cold made my nose hurt, and right under my upper lip, where old Stradlater'd laid one on me.
Describe the train at night
I usually like riding on trains, especially at night, with the lights on and the windows so black, and one of those guys coming up the aisle selling coffee and sandwiches and magazines. I usually buy a ham sandwich and about four magazines. If I'm on a train at night, I can usually even read one of those dumb stories in a magazine without puking. You know
How does Holden describe the student, whose mother he meets at the station? How does he describe the mother
Ernest Morrow. Holden says to himself that her son was doubtless the biggest bastard that ever went to Pencey, in the whole crumby history of the school. He was always going down the corridor, after he'd had a shower, snapping his soggy old wet towel at people's asses. That's exactly the kind of guy he was. He describes the mother, "This lady got on at Trenton and sat down next to me. Practically the whole car was empty, because it was pretty late and all, but she sat down next to me, instead of an empty seat, because she had this big bag with her and I was sitting in the front seat. She stuck the bag right out in the middle of the aisle, where the conductor and everybody could trip over it. She has these orchids on, like she'd just been to a big party or something. She was around fourty or fourty-five, I guess, but she was very good-looking.
Does Holden like to ride on trains at night
Yes
What are the lies Holden tells the woman?
He adapts himself very well to things. He really deosn. I mean he really knows how to adapt himself. He's one of the most popular boys at Pencey. It really took everybody quite a long time to get to know him. He's a funny guy. A strange guy, in lots of ways - know what I mean? Like when I first met him. When I first met him, I thought he was king of a snobbish person. That's what I thought. He's just got this very original personality that takes you a little while to get to know him
How does Holden act suave?
Holden thinks he is acting suave when he asks if Mrs. Morrow if she wants to have a smoke and then later on if she wants to have a drink
What station does Holden reach in New York
Penn Station
What is the name of the hotel Holden tells the cab driver to drive him
Edmont
Why doesn't Holden call Jane Gallagher
He didn't feel like it
How does Holden know Faith Cavendish
Met her at a party last summer