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Chapter 23 and 24

Chapter 23

Holden thinks he woke Antolini and his wife up, but when he tells his former teacher that he's been kicked out of his current school, Antolini invites him over. Holden tells us that Antolini was his favorite teacher, and that it was he who covered the boy who had killed himself with a coat and carried him to the infirmary.

When Holden returns to D.B.'s room, Phoebe's got the radio on and they both dance on the bed for awhile before finally shutting it off. Then they hear their parents come in the front door, and Holden hides in the closet. When their mother comes in, she questions Phoebe briefly on the smell of cigarette smoke, and disapproves in the mildest terms when Phoebe claims she only had a puff of one.

Once she's gone, Holden comes out and prepares to go. He asks his kid sister for money, and she loans him all her Christmas money. At this, Holden cries, scaring Phoebe. He eventually calms down, and before goes he insists that she have his hunting hat.

Chapter 24

Mr. Antolini, Holden tells us, is about D.B.'s age, teaches now at New York University, and is married to an older, wealthy woman. When he arrives, Mrs. Antolini gives Holden some coffee and leaves him and Mr. Antolini to talk. Mr. Antolini is drinking quite heavily, and has several more highballs as he talks about how he sees Holden giving up on his future before he really gets started. He quotes a psychoanalyst, Wilhelm Stekel, saying: "The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." He writes it out so Holden can look at it later.

After trying to explain the importance of education to Holden, he gets Holden sheets and blankets for the couch and goes. Holden falls asleep, but wakes up sometime later to a drunk Mr. Antolini patting him affectionately on the head. Holden leaps up, putting his clothes on and explaining how he has to leave. Mr. Antolini tries to act calm, and watches him go. Holden tells us: "I know more damn perverts, at schools and all, than anybody you ever met."

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Chapter 1
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Chapter 4 and 5
Chapter 6 and 7
Chapter 8 and 9
Chapter 10 and 11
Chapter 12 and 13
Chapter 14 and 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17 and 18
Chapter 19 and 20
Chapter 21 and 22
Chapter 23 and 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26


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