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Catcher in the Rye chapters 10-12

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Garrett Engle

on 29 April 2014

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Transcript of Catcher in the Rye chapters 10-12

Catcher in the Rye chapters 10-12
Chapter 10 Summary
The Chapter starts off with Holden having the urge to call his sister Phoebe. He explains how she is the most pretty and smart young lady out there. She is a saint in his eye's. Holden then decides to head downstair into the Lavender Room. In the Lavender Room, Holden gets denied alcohol because he has no I.D. In the Lavender Room is where he meet's and dances Bernice or "the blonde one". Bernice and her two friends are from Seattle, Washington. After a while of dancing and buying drinks for all of them they ditch Holden to go to bed.
Changes in Holden
There are a couple significant changes we can see through Holden in this chapter.
In the chapter when Holden gets refused alcohol in the Lavender Room, instead of throwing a fit (like we saw in previous chapters) he acts very maturely and says he respects the waiter for not serving him
Important Quotes
"I ordered a scotch and soda, and told him not to mix it---I said it fast as hell, because if you hem and haw, they think you're under twenty-one and wont sell you any intoxicating liquor."

"While I was changing my shirt, I damn near gave my kid sister Phoebe a buzz, though. I certaily felt like talking to her on the phone. Someone with sense and all."
Chapter 12
The chapter begins with Holden in a Cab. He asks the driver about the ducks in the pond, but does not receive the answer he wanted. Holden is then dropped off at Ernie's, a bar. He orders a drink and runs into his brothers ex girlfriend, Lillian.
Important Quotes
"If you was a fish, Mother Nature'd take care of you, wouldn't she?"
Glimpse of existentialism
Holden becomes very recluse when he gets to Ernie's. He keeps to himself while listening to others conversations. When he is addressed by someone he knows, he wants her to leave and lies about meeting someone to get out of talking to Lillian.
In the beginning of the chapter we learn that Holden actually cares about someone. He loves his little sister Phoebe. This is a change from his aggressive and angsty "I hate the world" attitude.
This quote is important to examine because it shows how mature Holden has led himself to believe he is.
This quote is important because it show a different side to Holden. A side that actually cares for someone in his family. Someone who he respects.
Chapter 11
In chapter 11 of Catcher in the Rye, Holden is reminiscing on his relationship with Jane Gallagher. The majority of this chapter is a flashback to the summer he spent with Jane.
Important Quotes
"She was a funny girl, old Jane. I wouldn't exactly describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out
This quote is interesting to look at because it shows that despite Jane's beauty being described as "not strictly beautiful" he does have a deep affection for her
"You don't always have to get too sexy to get to know a girl"
This quote is significant because it sets Holden apart from the characters his age that we have met so far. He believes in more then just a physical relationship.
Holden's thoughts
In this chapter, readers get a look into Holden's feelings. We begin to understand his feelings for Jane and feel his affection for her.
The cab driver, Horwitz, tries to tell Holden that the fish in the pond are more significant then the ducks, because they can not leave in the winter.
"I swear to God, if i were a piano player or something and all those dopes thought i was terrific, i'd hate it. I wouldn't even want them to clap for me"
This shows that Holden does not value success highly. He feels as though it is wrong for people to be infatuated with celebrities such as Ernie because he is not humble.
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