Catcher in the Rye Reading Log
Una Gilmore

Chapter 1&2

Quote: "I was the goddamn manager of the fencing team. Very big deal" (Salinger 5).

"When I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If your not, you feel even worse" (7).

"I have a lousy vocabulary and partly because I act quite young for my age sometimes" (11).

Chapters 3 & 4

"It was this red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks... the ay I wore it, I swung the old peak way around to the back - very corny, I'll admit, but I liked it that way. I looked good in it that way" (21).

Holden Caulfield, as depicted in then novel so far, has proven he does not have a passion for much or have interest in anything put in front of his face. He has no serious commitment to anything he does. However, after he picks up the random hunters hat, Holden displays an odd liking for it. Throughout chapters three and four, Holden's attachment to the hat grows despite his negligence towards mostly everything else around him. Holden seems like a lost soul, who doesn't know who he is, but he begins to grow confidence and more of a personality in the time that he owns his hunters hat.

Chapters 5 & 6

Holden abjures Stradlayer for being a moron, and obviously his attitude comes as a reaction to Strdlatr's repulsive behavior with women. Before Stradlater had returned, Holden was already feeling callous after indulging to write Stradater's paper for him. Holden had written about his decesased brother, and Stradlater only conflagrates his feelings of  into fury. Holden takes a swing at Stradlater, and immediately he feels compunction as he finds himself under Stradlater's weight on the floor. The argument goes nowhere but both characters continue to inveterate. The fight doesn't get too rowdy, but Holden is pretty beat up considering it is only his second fight. Holden is eventually released from Stradlater's grip and he enters Ackley's acrid room, seeking some sort of comfort. Holden's actions are rebukable because he acts irrationally. He should know better than to swing at the much stronger Stradlater, and his calling Stradlater as a moron is somewhat hypocritical. Throughout these two chapters, Holden himself acts as a moron with his lazy, lame, and immature behavior.

Chapter 7

Every time someone buys Holden a present, how does he feel?

Chapter 8

What mechanism does Holden rely on to keep him out of interrogation/trouble? (Lying).

Chapter 9

Who does Holden use as his cover when calling Faith Cavendish? (Eddie Birdsell)

Chapter 10

How does Holden describe his little sister, Phoebe? (Roller skate skinny)

Chapter 11

What does Holden avoid when he kisses Phoebe?

Chapter 12

Next to Daiquiris, what is Holden's favorite drink? Scotch + soda

Chapter 13

Holden never cares to much when ______ (he loses something)

Chapter 14

Who does Holden talk out loud to when he feels depressed? (Allie)

Chapter 15

What is Holden so curious about the nuns? ( how well they react to "sexy stuff")

Chapter 16

What does Holden says is "different" about the museum


What does Holden lie to Sally about, but means it? (I love '

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