Catcher in the Rye Chapter 20


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Catcher in the Rye Chapter 20

  1. 1. Catcher in the Rye Chapter 20
  2. 2. <ul><li>Holden remains at the Wicker Bar, getting drunk. A singer named Valencia is performing. </li></ul><ul><li>Holden prefers Valencia to Tina and Janine and asks the headwaiter to invite her to join him for a drink. </li></ul><ul><li>Either the waiter does not give her the message or she is not interested, because she exits quickly when her act is finished. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>In his drunken stupor, Holden begins once again to pretend he is wounded in the stomach; he keeps putting his hand under his jacket to prevent the bleeding. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Boy, I sat at that goddam bar till around one o'clock or so, getting drunk as a bastard.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I could hardly see straight.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Finally what I felt like, I felt like giving old Jane a buzz and see if she was home yet. </li></ul><ul><li>So I paid my check and all. </li></ul><ul><li>Then I left the bar and went out where the telephones were. </li></ul><ul><li>I kept keeping my hand under my jacket to keep the blood from dripping. </li></ul><ul><li>Boy, was I drunk. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>But when I got inside this phone booth, I wasn't much in the mood any more to give old Jane a buzz. </li></ul><ul><li>I was too drunk, I guess. </li></ul><ul><li>So what I did, I gave old Sally Hayes a buzz. </li></ul><ul><li>I had to dial about twenty numbers before I got the right one. </li></ul><ul><li>Boy, was I blind. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Sally is not pleased with his phone call in the middle of the night and, realizing he is drunk, tells him to go home and go to bed. </li></ul><ul><li>Before leaving the bar, Holden soaks his head in a basin full of cold water to sober up.. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Once outside, Holden starts walking toward Central Park to see for himself whether the ducks are safely taken care of. </li></ul><ul><li>“So what I did, I started walking over to the park. I figured I'd go by that little lake and see what the hell the ducks were doing, see if they were around or not, I still didn't know if they were around or not.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>“It wasn't far over to the park, and I didn't have anyplace else special to go to--I didn't even know where I was going to sleep yet--so I went. I wasn't tired or anything.” </li></ul><ul><li>“I just felt blue as hell.” </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>He has some trouble finding the duck pond, even though he knows this part of the park very well. </li></ul><ul><li>When he finally reaches the lagoon, the ducks are gone, which makes Holden think about death. </li></ul><ul><li>He decides he wants to see Phoebe and makes his way towards home. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>I started thinking how old Phoebe would feel if I got pneumonia and died. </li></ul><ul><li>It was a childish way to think, but I couldn't stop myself. </li></ul><ul><li>She'd feel pretty bad if something like that happened. </li></ul><ul><li>She likes me a lot. I mean she's quite fond of me. </li></ul><ul><li>She really is. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Anyway, I couldn't get that off my mind, so finally what I figured I'd do, I figured I'd better sneak home and see her, in case I died and all. </li></ul><ul><li>I had my door key with me and all, and I figured what I'd do, I'd sneak in the apartment, very quiet and all, and just sort of chew the fat with her for a while. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The only thing that worried me was our front door. </li></ul><ul><li>It creaks like a bastard. </li></ul><ul><li>It's a pretty old apartment house, and the superintendent's a lazy bastard, and everything creaks and squeaks. </li></ul><ul><li>I was afraid my parents might hear me sneaking in. </li></ul><ul><li>But I decided I'd try it anyhow. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>So I got the hell out of the park, and went home. </li></ul><ul><li>I walked all the way. </li></ul><ul><li>It wasn't too far, and I wasn't tired or even drunk any more. </li></ul><ul><li>It was just very cold and nobody around anywhere. </li></ul>
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