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Summery Of Novel "The Catcher In The Rye."

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"The Catcher in the Rye" is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he's telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital or sanitarium. The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, the few days that lead to an ending break down.Holden's story begins at the Pencey prep school. Pencey is Holden's fourth school; he has already failed out of three others. At Pencey, he has failed practically all of his classes due to lack of motivation, and has received notice that he is being expelled, but he is not scheduled to return home to Manhattan until Wednesday. Holden decides that he's had enough of Pencey and will go to Manhattan three days early, stay in a hotel, and not tell his parents that he is back.Holden then takes the train to New York, and while he is in a cab a question comes up that only seems significant at the end: where do the ducks in Central Park go when the lake freezes over?Holden has the cab take him to the Edmont Hotel, where he checks himself in.After smoking a couple of cigarettes, Holden then decides to call Faith Cavendish, a woman he has never met but whose number he got from an acquaintance at Princeton. Holden thinks he remembers hearing that she used to be a stripper, and thinks that he could then have a good time with her. He calls her, and though she is at first annoyed to be called at such a late hour by somebody who is a complete stranger, she eventually suggests that they meet the next day. Holden doesn't want to wait that long and winds up hanging up without arranging a meeting.Holden then goes downstairs to the Lavender Room and sits at a table, but the waiter realizes he's a minor and refuses to serve him. He flirts with three women, who seem like they're from out of town and don't care about anything but catching a glimpse of any celebrity. Though he is annoyed and they weren't very good company, Holden dances with them and really enjoys dancing with the one girl because she is an amazing dancer. After the girls be rude to him and seem not interested, they then leave thinking they saw a celebrity and leave Holden to take care of the bill.As Holden goes out to the lobby, he starts to think about Jane Gallagher and, in a flashback, recounts how he got to know her. They met while spending a summer vacation in Maine, played golf and checkers, and held hands at the movies. He felt they really connected.Holden leaves the Edmont and takes a cab to Ernie's jazz club in Greenwich Village. Again, he asks the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park go in the winter, and this cabby is even more irritable than the first one. Holden sits alone at a table in Ernie's and watches everyone around him in disgust and becomes even more depressed with life. He runs into Lillian Simmons, one of his older brother's former girlfriends, who invites him to...

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