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The Catcher in The Rye
The story is about Holden Caulfield, who is a boy who has just been kicked
out of school. He's walking down a hill, were they are playing football.
He's on his way to Mr. Spencer, an old teacher of his. It is cold and much
wind. It's winter. So he rings the bell at Mr. Spencer's house and his
wife opens the door for him and shows Holden where Mr. Spencer is.
So Holden comes in and sits on Mr. Spencer's very hard bed. Mr. Spencer
asks him a lot about what subjects he's failed last term. Holden tells him
he didn't fail English, but that was only because they had something that he
had done before in another school. Mr. Spencer asks Holden to give him the
exam paper on top of his chiffonier. He reads the paper out loud to Holden
and after that he gives Holden lots of advice, but Holden gets away from
Mr. Spencer by telling he still has to go to the gym, which is a lie.
Holden thinks by himself that he is a really terrific liar, and notices that
this is actually pretty awful. He returns to his school, Pencey Prep.
When he's in his room, in the Ossenburger Memorial Wing, he's trying to read
a book, but Ackley, a guy that sleeps in the room next door, comes in through
the shower curtains and disturbes him by picking up and laying down
everything in the room and asking stupid questions. Finally, Stradlater,
Holden's roommate comes in in a big hurry and makes Ackley think of leaving
Stradlater tells Holden he's going out tonight with Jane Gallagher, who used
to be Holden's neighbour when she was young. While Stradlater is shaving,
Holden sits next to him and he's turning the tap on and off, as a nervous
habit. Stradlater asks Holden to do him a huge favour by writing a
composition for him. Holden isn't interested but says that he might do it.
They start talkig about Stradlater's date for this evening. After shaving
himself twice, he asks if he may use Holden's coat for the evening because
his coat is dirty. Then he goes down to see Jane. After he's gone, Ackley
comes in again and for once Holden is glad to see him, because Ackley makes
him think of other things than Jane.
After the Saturday meal, which is always steak because then the visiting
parents think it's a good school, Holden is thinking about going out. Mal
Brossard decides that he, Holden and Ackley will go into town. They decide
to go by bus. After some pinball and some hamburgers, they go back to
the school. Holden starts to write the composition for Stradlater, about
the baseball mitt of Allie, his dead brother. After writing for about an
hour on Stradlater's typewriter, he finishes the composition.
Then, Stradlater comes back from his date and thanks Holden for borrowing
him his coat. He asks Holden if he has written the composition for him, but
after seeing it, he don't like it too much. Holden tears it into little
pieces and throws it away. A little while later, when they're talking about
Jane, Holden tries to smash Stradlater, but he doesn't hit him as hard as
he would want to. Stradlater gets angry and pushes Holden to the floor and
sits on him. After Holden keeps on calling him a dirty moron, he smashes
Holden right in the face. Holden has got blood all over his face and
pyjamas and sits down for a moment and goes to Ackley's room through the
Ackley is still awake when Holden comes in, but he's telling Holden that
he's trying to sleep. He also wonder why Holden has got blood all over his
face. Holden lays down on Ely's bed. Ely is Ackley's roommate. Holden
starts thinking about Stradlater and after that he wakes up Ackley, but
he's bad tempered and decides to leave the room. Holden doesn't want to be
at Pencey anymore. He starts packing, sells his typewriter and leaves
Pencey by yelling 'sleep tight'.
Holden walks all the way to the station. In the almost empty train, a woman
decides to sit down next to him. She turns out to be a mother of a guy who
is at Pencey Prep. Holden even asks her if she would like to have a
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