He speaks about running off and living in a cabin somewhere. In the first place, I'd only written that damn note so that he wouldn't feel too bad about flunking me. Spencer had sent him a note requesting a meeting. He decides to visit his history teacher, Mr. Antolini, an English teacher at Elkton Hills.
Spencer among the many other people—especially adults—Holden considers phony. Chapter Summaries: 24-26 Chapter 24: Holden arrives at Mr. These two men are described as two of the few adults Holden accepts. Holden notes that she had dealt with hardships within her family, causing her to be very guarded; Ex: In checkers, Jane always kept her kings on the back row instead of moving them. It is a perfect example of how cruel people bully the weak people. Spencer asks why Holden failed out of two other prep schools Whooton and Elkton Hills. This reluctance to grow up leaves him isolated.
This reveals one of the major themes of the novel. The tone of the novel is also interesting to explore because Holden dominates the narrative so overtly. D Salinger, and in this novel he introduces us to many strong and different characters. Antolini is one of the few adults Holden respects, and one of the few who is willing to both engage with Holden and yet also not to let Holden get away with any of his tricks. He admits that he cannot concentrate on any particular topic, thinking about ice skating while Mr. GradeSaver, 30 September 2009 Web. It isn't as if the exam answer is news to Holden.
Holden is, however, repulsed by the meeting. As manager of the fencing team, he left the equipment on the subway en route to a meet that morning with McBurney School in New York City. Sally Hayes is a girl that Holden is know to have been dating for a long time, even though he views her as the epitome of a phony. He also mentions his brother, D. I don't much like to see old guys in their pajamas and bathrobes anyway.
Does someone take them to a zoo? Spencer that he is just going through a phase. He was reading The Atlantic Monthly , and there were pills and medicine all over the place, and everything smelled like Vicks Nose Drops. As established in the previous chapter, Holden exemplifies the typical teenage feeling of alienation. Holden remains fascinated with the innocence of childhood and has no desire to grow up and become an adult. His disappointment was so big, his soul was crying, and it was impossible to stop the tears. Holden comes to him to say good bye before he takes off from the school. He even reads the essay to Holden.
Spencer's lecture, claiming he needs to get to the gym to retrieve his equipment. Holden, a junior at Pencey, can see the field from where he stands, high atop Thomsen Hill. He gives him advice and tries to make him realize how important school is. He calls complete strangers at night, constantly thinks of his sister Phoebe, his brother Allie, and his old friend Jane. He seems caring and is surprised by the respect form the children these days, He helped her with her skates and offered her hot chocolate because he noticed that her hands were cold, but she did not take it.
Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. Spencer truly cares for Holden and wants better things for him, but Holden is not ready to listen to it. Spencer that his parents will be upset, for this is his fourth private school so far. Sunny, the prostitute, arrives and removes her dress. What made it even more depressing, old Spencer had on this very sad, ratty old bathrobe that he was probably born in or something. Chapter 19: Holden meets Luce at the Wicker Bar. With the exception of Mr.
He calls an old friend, Carl Luce, who agrees to meet him later. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. He dances with three women at the next table who laugh at him and see through his lies and attempts to appear older. Why does he keep getting the boot at all these prep schools? Holden finds this very awkward and quickly comes up with an excuse to leave the house in the middle of the night. Holden visits Spencer's home, and is repulsed by Spencer's age and the smell of medicine everywhere.
Antolini was 's favorite teacher at Elkton Hills. When he is able to make a point about Holden's lack of drive using Holden's own words, it irritates Holden. Holden tries to reassure Mr. Chapter Summaries: 18-23 Chapter 18: Holden enjoys a swiss cheese sandwich and a malt. On his way to Spencer's home to say good-bye, Holden feels terribly cold.
The fencing team became furious with Holden, but he cannot help but find humor in the bad situation. He is stuck in between. Jane Gallagher is Holden's childhood friend that he may or may not have had romantic feelings for. Instead he chooses to say goodbye to Spencer, his history teacher, who knows that Holden is not coming back to Pencey. He tells Holden, 'Life is a game, boy.