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Chapter 21

  1. 1. Catcher in the Rye Chapter 21
  2. 2. <ul><li>Holden arrives at the apartment building and believes he has had &quot;the best break in years&quot; because the elevator boy is a substitute who does not recognize him. </li></ul><ul><li>Holden makes up a silly lie, which ends up confusing the elevator boy enough that he lets Holden up without asking too many questions. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>I told him, in this very casual voice, to take me up to the Dicksteins'. </li></ul><ul><li>The Dicksteins were these people that had the other apartment on our floor. </li></ul><ul><li>He had the elevator doors all shut and all, and was all set to take me up, and then he turned around and said, &quot;They ain't in. They're at a party on the fourteenth floor.&quot; </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>&quot;That's all right,&quot; I said. &quot;I'm supposed to wait for them. I'm their nephew.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>He gave me this sort of stupid, suspicious look. &quot;You better wait in the lobby, fella,&quot; he said. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I'd like to--I really would,&quot; I said. &quot;But I have a bad leg. I have to hold it in a certain position. I think I'd better sit down in the chair outside their door.&quot; </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>I got off at our floor--limping like a bastard--and started walking over toward the Dicksteins' side. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, when I heard the elevator doors shut, I turned around and went over to our side. </li></ul><ul><li>I was doing all right. I didn't even feel drunk anymore. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Then I took out my door key and opened our door, quiet as hell. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, very, very carefully and all, I went inside and closed the door. </li></ul><ul><li>I really should've been a crook. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Holden makes a tiptoed journey through the apartment to Phoebe’s room. </li></ul><ul><li>When she is not in her bed, Holden remembers that she sometimes sleeps in D.B.’s room. </li></ul><ul><li>She doesn't like her own room because it's too little, she says. </li></ul><ul><li>She says she likes to spread out. That kills me. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>He finds her sleeping soundly and watches for awhile. </li></ul><ul><li>Before he wakes her, Holden sits down at the desk and reads one of her school notebooks. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Then, finally, I woke her up. </li></ul><ul><li>I mean I couldn't sit there on that desk for the rest of my life, and besides, I was afraid my parents might barge in on me all of a sudden and I wanted to at least say hello to her before they did. </li></ul><ul><li>So I woke her up. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>As expected, Phoebe is thrilled to see him. </li></ul><ul><li>She tells him about all the recent happenings in her life. </li></ul><ul><li>Holden listens with a great deal of care and affection and is happy just to be with her. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>She tells Holden their parents are at a party in Connecticut and will not be home until late. </li></ul><ul><li>Suddenly she realizes Holden is home from Pencey earlier than he should be and asks if he has been kicked out again. </li></ul><ul><li>Holden tries to lie his way out of the situation, but Phoebe sees through him and gets upset. She covers her head with a pillow and refuses to talk to him. </li></ul>