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  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Chapter 13
    • Holden walks back towards his hotel in the cold, lamenting the loss of his gloves, which he thinks were stolen by someone at Pencey. He explains that he is “yellow.”
    • To regain some of his warmth, Holden puts on his hunting hat and decides to stop in another bar.
    • He changes his mind when he sees two tough looking guys emerging from the bar and goes back to his hotel.
    • The first thing when I got in the elevator, the elevator guy said to me, "Innarested in having a good time, fella? Or is it too late for you?"
    • "How do you mean?" I said. I didn't know what he was driving at or anything.
    • "Innarested in a little tail t'night?"
    • "Me?" I said. Which was a very dumb answer, but it's quite embarrassing when somebody comes right up and asks you a question like that.
    • "How old are you, chief?" the elevator guy said.
    • "Why?" I said. "Twenty-two."
    • "Uh huh. Well, how 'bout it? Y'innarested?
    • Five bucks a throw. Fifteen bucks the whole night."
    • He looked at his wrist watch. "Till noon. Five bucks a throw, fifteen bucks till noon."
    • Holden agrees to the offer, but regrets his decision almost immediately. He cleans up and then paces nervously around the room, waiting for the girl.
    • Sunny (the prostitute) soon arrives, and Holden introduces himself as Jim Steele.
    • He tries to act suave, but no matter how hard he tries, Holden, still a virgin, is still extremely uncomfortable.
    • The girl’s businesslike manner only makes him feel more awkward.
    • When he tries to strike up a conversation, Sunny wants to know what he is waiting for.
    • She came over to me, with this funny look on her face, like as if she didn't believe me. "What'sa matter?" she said.
    • "Nothing's the matter." Boy, was I getting nervous. "The thing is, I had an operation very recently."
    • "Yeah? Where?"
    • "On my wuddayacallit--my clavichord."
    • "Yeah? Where the hell's that?"
    • "The clavichord?" I said. "Well, actually, it's in the spinal canal. I mean it's quite a ways down in the spinal canal."
  • The Clavichord
    • An early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the inner ends of the keys gently striking the strings.
    • She sits on his lap and tries to seduce him.
    • It is more than Holden can handle.
    • He apologizes, pays her five dollars, and tells her to leave. Sunny tells Holden the price is ten dollars.
    • He refuses to pay her more than he agreed on with Maurice, and she leaves with an insult and a veiled threat.
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