Holden thinks sell-outs are phony. Antolini a few days but is alarmed to be woken up in the middle of the night by his teacher patting his head. Or you'd heard your mother and father having a terrific fight in the bathroom. This fall I think you're riding for—it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. It wouldn't be that, exactly. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. Spencer repeats more than once how poorly he did in his class; Holden feels that after acknowledging and admitting his incompetence in the class, Mr.
You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. Guys that talk about how many miles they get to a gallon in their goddam cars. Although most novels of this time period go uphill with a positive ending, this book hits rock bottom at the end. They are terrible skaters, but Sally looks good in the little skate skirt. Meet Holden Caulfield The novel The Catcher in the Rye begins as Holden Caulfield, a young teenager, narrates his own story.
The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Why the hell do you have to say that? Since the whole school is at the football game, Holden retreats to his room, planning to enjoy the silence and contemplate a thing or two. Holden really likes the ducks. This is an image of a prep school like the one that Holden Caulfield begins his story at in chapter one, Pencey Prep. Holden, then, demonstrates a great aversion for everything associated with adulthood, such as the smell of Vicks Nose Drops that permeates Mr. Spencer, for what he thinks is a final goodbye.
Holden tells Sally that she is the only reason he is in New York and then invites her to run away with him, get jobs, and get married. . It scares him that at the time, he actually means it. While he wants to be a sort of catcher in the rye, he sees he himself is in need of protection from a higher place. It had this guy in it named Lieutenant Henry that was supposed to be a nice guy and all. When Sally won't readily accept his apology, he leaves her there. Sometimes it's hard to concentrate.
He said it was so terrific. You'd have an overcoat this time. He later finds it written in another part of the school and then again at the Museum of Natural History. All are talented artists, but end up selling-out to the crowd. Spencer has on a table in the room, to him. And they probably came to Pencey that way. The fact that he often takes it off when around people he knows highlights his conflict between wanting isolation and wanting companionship.
Or the kid that was your partner in line the last time had got scarlet fever and you'd have a new partner. If somebody knows quite a lot about all those things, it takes you quite a while to find out whether they're really stupid or not. I mean, for instance, I don't see how he could like a phony like that and still like that one by Ring Lardner, or that other one he's so crazy about, The Great Gatsby. The tone of the novel is also interesting to explore because Holden dominates the narrative so overtly. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. You don't like a million things. That's what I can't understand.
And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it. Quote: The guy I like best in the Bible, next to Jesus, was that lunatic and all, that lived in the tombs and kept cutting himself with stones. They're not as bad as movies, but they're certainly nothing to rave about. Analysis: Shortly after Holden is assaulted by Maurice, the elevator pimp, he takes a bath, goes to bed, and confesses he would have rather killed himself than go to sleep. They never act like people.
This post is part of the series: The Catcher in the Rye Study Guide. Holden continues on autopilot through the conversation; Mr. But if you get on the other side, where there aren't any hot-shots, then what's a game about it? The only thing that would be different would be you. Or they thought their own environment couldn't supply them with. If they fall off, they fall off, but it is bad to say anything to them.