Meet Holden Caulfield. Holden is not so good at staying in school. He is 0 for 4 as far as schools go.
As a general rule, Holden is annoyed by people.
Except for Jane Gallagher. He still likes her.
Holden and his roommate fight about Jane.
Holden gets fed up and leaves school early. He thinks about calling some people. But he doesn’t.
He considers meeting up with a woman he thinks is a stripper. But he doesn’t.
He goes to a jazz club and thinks about sitting with some people he knows. But he doesn’t.
He is very interested in where the ducks in Central Park go when the water freezes, though. None of the cab drivers care.
At the Edmont hotel Holden watches a couple spit drinks in each others’ faces. He doesn’t like it. But he also kind of likes it.
So then he goes downstairs and flirts with older women at the hotel bar.
And then he starts to think about Jane. Again.
The nice elevator operator does send up Sunny the Hooker to Holden, though, and they have a nice conversation.
The next day he goes out with another girl, then tries to call Jane.
Then he tries to convince the other girl to run away with him.
After sneaking into his own house to wake up his sister and tell her about his school troubles…
Holden visits his former English teacher. He falls asleep on the couch and wakes up to the man stroking his head.
Holden freaks out and goes to sleep on a bench instead.
When Holden tells his sister he’s leaving and she can’t come, she gets angry.
They go to the zoo and Holden gets emotional when he sees Phoebe on the carousel.
And from his rest home, Holden tells us he wishes he’d never said anything about any of this to anyone.
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