The Catcher in the Rye Chapter summaries

Chapters 1-4

The narrator of the story, Holden Caulfield, begins by relating the events of the previous December, just prior to the …

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Chapters 5-9

Holden and Ackley are bored, and end up taking a bus into town (along with another student, Mal Brossard), where they eat …

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Chapters 10-12

Despite the wee morning hours, Holden heads for the hotel lounge. He considers calling his younger sister, Phoebe, but …

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Chapters 13-14

Holden walks the 41 blocks to the hotel. The elevator attendant, Maurice, mentions that he would be able to set Holden up …

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Chapters 15-17

Around mid-morning (after very few hours of sleep), Holden wakes and makes a phone call to Sally Hayes, an old girlfriend. …

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Chapters 18-21

Towards evening, Holden calls Carl Luce, a friend from a previous school they had attended. Carl was Holden’s student …

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Chapter 22

Holden and Phoebe continue to talk. Both have a penchant for distraction and digression from the topic at hand. Holden even …

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Chapter 23

Mr. Antolini invites Holden over immediately, agreeing to give him a place to sleep that night. However, before leaving, …

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Chapters 24-25

Holden sleeps for a couple of hours on a bench at the train station. At 9AM, he awakens. He sets out on a search for an …

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