The "The Catcher in the Rye" Quiz: 29 questions by John Christy
Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. According to Holden, Phoebe's one flaw is that she is perhaps too emotional. Apart from that incident, their physical relationship was mild, but they used to hold hands constantly. CHARACTERS; Holden Caulfield: Character Analysis. Home > Study Guides > The Catcher in the Rye > Short-Answer Quizzes During the first few moments that he is in Phoebe's room, Holden says something he What is their relationship? Holden is emotionally distant from his mother. The loss of her younger son has locked Mrs. Caulfield in a state of nervous exhaustion. Holden Caulfield, the main character from J. D. Salinger's book The Catcher in The Rye, holds a different relationship with his year old sister Phoebe than.
He tells Holden to "come right over. Antolini because he has developed a close relationship with him through the years. Antolini was a teacher from one of his schools called Elkton Hills but has since moved to New York."CatcherInTheRye": Relationships
Perhaps Holden decides to call him because he was recently thinking about James Castle, the boy who threw himself out of a window at Elkton Hills. Holden tells us that it was Mr. Antolini who finally picked up James's lifeless body and carried him to the infirmary, despite getting covered with James's blood on the way there.
Holden believes that Mr. Antolini is an authentic, caring teacher. Phoebe is sitting on the bed "with her legs folded like one of those yogi guys," when Holden comes back into D. Holden uses this as an example of how "she kills me. Holden taught Phoebe how to dance a few years ago, but says she got advanced on her own. The two dance together and one can imagine the tall Holden dancing with his much shorter little sister, as he tells us how well she can follow his lead, despite their size differences.
After demonstrating to Holden, how she can fake a fever, the two hear their parents coming into the apartment.
Holden quickly hides in the closet. Caufield enters the room, she is very motherly towards Phoebe. She asks her why she is still awake, if she liked her dinner, if she is warm enough and does she need another blanket. She also notices the smell of Holden's cigarette smoke in the room. She asks Phoebe if she was smoking a cigarette and Phoebe tells her she did smoke a cigarette but only took one drag and threw it out the window. Caufield says, "I don't like that all, Phoebe.
I don't like that at all. He tells Phoebe he has to get going. She tells Holden if he leaves, he will not be able to see her in her Christmas play. Holden says he will not go to Colorado to be a Ranch worker, until after he sees her in the Christmas play. As Holden is leaving, he suddenly starts crying. He tells us he is crying so hard that he cannot even stop. Phoebe becomes frightened for her brother. So, Holden gives Phoebe his red hunting cap.
He tells us he is sure she will like it because she likes unique things like that.
Holden says he bets she will even put it on after he leaves, and sleep in it. Holden makes some noise when he is sneaking out of the apartment, but tells us he does not even care anymore.
He says, "I figured if they caught me, they caught me.
Catcher in the Rye Chapters 23 - 24 Summary
I almost wish they did, in a way. When Holden arrives at Mr. Antaloni's lavish apartment, he tells us that he has been there many times before. Antaloni is now a family friend.
He had come to dinner at the Caufields' many times just to see how Holden was doing. Holden tells us that he played tennis with Mr.
Antaloni and his wife a few times at their tennis club in Forest Hills. Holden tells us that Mr. Antaloni married into money and that his wife is also "about sixty years older than Mr.
But they seemed to get along quite well. Antaloni greets Holden, he has been drinking heavily. The couple had a party earlier in the evening, and, while Mrs. Antaloni is drinking coffee, Mr.
Antaloni is still drinking Highballs. Antaloni asks Holden what happened at Pencey.
Holden assures him that he did not fail English. He complains about an Oral Expressions course he took and failed because they do not allow digressions. Holden feels that digressions are the spice of life.
He likes it when somebody is telling a story and he or she goes off on a tangent. Despite his limited experience, his attitude toward women is actually admirable and mature. He stops making sexual advances when a girl says "No. In his confusion, he sees this behavior as a weakness that may even call for psychotherapy. His interactions with the prostitute Sunny are comic as well as touching, partly because they are both adolescents trying to be adults. Although Sunny is the more frightening of the two, neither belongs there.
Holden is literally about to crash. Near the beginning as well as the end of the novel, he feels that he will disappear or fall into an abyss when he steps off a curb to cross a street.
Sometimes when this happens, he calls on his dead brother, Alliefor help. Part of Holden's collapse is due to his inability to come to terms with death. Thoughts of Allie lying in his grave in the cemetery in the rain, surrounded by dead bodies and tombstones, haunt Holden. He wants time itself to stop. He wants beautiful moments to last forever, using as his model the displays in glass at the Museum of Natural History, in which the same people are shown doing the same things year after year.
Never mind that even museum displays change. Holden's fears and desires are understandable, but his solution avoiding reality is impossible.