The Catcher in the Rye - Timeline Essay

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The Catcher in the Rye – Timeline

Holden Caulfield has just been expelled from Pency Prep and is supposed to leave on Wednesday. He goes to see Mr Spencer to say goodbye, but shows irritation when Mr Spencer tries to remind him of his poor academic performance. Holden goes back to his dormitory.
Back at his dormitory, Holden tries to read a book but is constantly interrupted by Ackley. He tries to deter him but Ackley doesn’t take the hint. Eventually, Stradlater arrives. Stradlater asks Holden to write him a descriptive English composition, which Holden agrees to. Stradlater reveals that his date is Jean Gallagher, an old friend of Holden’s. Holden shows surprise at this, and proceeds to talk about the things they used to
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She states that it costed ten dollars, but Holden contradicts him and leaves. Soon, Sunny and Maurice enter his room and demand an additional five dollars. When Holden refuses to pay, Maurice punches him in the stomach, takes five dollars, and they leave. Holden pretends that he was shot, then goes to bed.

Holden wakes up at around 10’oclock. He decides to give Sally Hayes a call, and arranges a date with her at the matinee. He gets a cab and goes to Grand Central Station, where he finds out that most of his money has been used. He goes to a sandwich bar and has breakfast of orange juice, bacon and eggs, toast and coffee. Two nuns with suitcases arrive, and Holden notices how their suitcases are cheap. He sees them with a collection basket and gives them ten dollars. They make conversation for a while, until the nuns leave.
After having breakfast, it was about noon and had two hours before meeting Sally. He sees a poor family, the father of which was singing “If a body catch a body coming through the rye”. He walks around Broadway, and goes around the record stores looking for ‘Little Shirley Beans’, a record he was trying to procure for Phoebe. The first store he goes to has a copy and he buys it for five dollars. He goes to a drugstore and uses the phone booth to call Jane, but gets her mother and hangs up, not wanting to strike up a long conversation.
He buys a paper to see what shows are playing, then buys two tickets for ‘I Know My Love’. He takes a

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