Catcher in the Rye Chapter 25
<ul><li>When I got outside, it was just getting light out. </li></ul><ul><li>It  was pretty cold, too, but it felt good be...
<ul><li>So finally all I did was I walked over to Lexington and took the subway down to Grand Central.  </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Holden wakes around nine, as the hustle and bustle of the working day begins.  </li></ul><ul><li>He thinks about t...
<ul><li>There was this magazine that somebody'd left on the bench next to me, so I started reading it, thinking it'd make ...
<ul><li>But this damn article I started reading made me feel almost worse.  </li></ul><ul><li>It was all about hormones.  ...
<ul><li>Then I read this other article about how you can tell if you have cancer or not.  </li></ul><ul><li>It said if you...
<ul><li>So figured I was getting cancer.  </li></ul><ul><li>That magazine was some little cheerer upper.  </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>Holden decides to go out and buy himself an inexpensive breakfast.  </li></ul><ul><li>He does not want to spend to...
<ul><li>He leaves the train station and walks out to Fifth Avenue.  </li></ul><ul><li>All around him, people seem to be in...
<ul><li>Anyway, I kept walking and walking up Fifth Avenue, without any tie on or anything.  </li></ul><ul><li>Then all of...
<ul><li>Every time I came to the end of a block and stepped off the goddam curb, I had this feeling that I'd never get to ...
<ul><li>You can't imagine.  </li></ul><ul><li>I started sweating like a bastard--my whole shirt and underwear and everythi...
<ul><li>Every time I'd get to the end of a block I'd make believe I was talking to my brother Allie.  </li></ul><ul><li>I'...
<ul><li>Then it would start all over again as soon as I got to the next corner.  </li></ul><ul><li>But I kept going and al...
<ul><li>Then I sat down on this bench.  </li></ul><ul><li>I could hardly get my breath, and I was still sweating like a ba...
<ul><li>He decides he will hitchhike &quot;way out west&quot;.   </li></ul>
<ul><li>However, he decides to meet Phoebe one last time and say good-bye.  </li></ul><ul><li>He goes to her school and de...
<ul><li>While I was walking up the stairs, though, all of a sudden I thought I was going to puke again.  </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Somebody'd written &quot;Fuck you&quot; on the wall.  </li></ul><ul><li>It drove me damn near crazy.  </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>I kept wanting to kill whoever'd written it.  </li></ul><ul><li>I figured it was some perverty bum that'd sneaked ...
<ul><li>But I knew, too, I wouldn't have the guts to do it.  </li></ul><ul><li>I knew that.  </li></ul><ul><li>That made m...
<ul><li>I was afraid some teacher would catch me rubbing it off and would think I'd written it. </li></ul><ul><li>But I ru...
<ul><li>I went down by a different staircase, and I saw another &quot;Fuck you&quot; on the wall.  </li></ul><ul><li>I tri...
<ul><li>It's hopeless, anyway.  </li></ul><ul><li>If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half t...
<ul><li>Since Holden has nothing else to do, he goes to the museum to wait.  </li></ul><ul><li>While Holden waits, he meet...
<ul><li>Once he revives, he goes out to wait for Phoebe.  </li></ul><ul><li>She is twenty minutes late, but she is no long...
<ul><li>Finally, Holden convinces her he will not leave.  </li></ul><ul><li>He takes her to the zoo, and they end up at th...
<ul><li>&quot;Do you want to go for a ride on it?&quot; I said. </li></ul><ul><li>I knew she probably did.  </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>&quot;No, you're not. Go on. I'll wait for ya. Go on,&quot; I said.  </li></ul><ul><li>We were right there then.  ...
<ul><li>What I did was, I went up to the window where they sell the tickets and bought old Phoebe a ticket.  </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>&quot;You keep it. Keep it for me,&quot; she said. Then she said right afterward--&quot;Please.&quot; </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>&quot;Aren't you gonna ride, too?&quot; she asked me.  </li></ul><ul><li>She was looking at me sort of funny.  </l...
<ul><li>I went over and sat down on this bench, and she went and got on the carousel. </li></ul><ul><li>She walked all aro...
<ul><li>Then the carousel started, and I watched her go around and around.  </li></ul>
<ul><li>When the ride was over she got off her horse and came over to me. &quot;You ride once, too, this time,&quot; she s...
<ul><li>She took the dough off me. &quot;I'm not mad at you any more,&quot; she said. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I know. Hurr...
<ul><li>Then what she did--it damn near killed me--she reached in my coat pocket and took out my red hunting hat and put i...
<ul><li>I didn't care, though.  </li></ul><ul><li>I felt so damn happy all of sudden, the way old Phoebe kept going around...
<ul><li>I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the truth.  </li></ul><ul><li>I don't know why. It was just that she loo...
Chapter 26
The “Rest Home” <ul><li>Holden is speaking to an analyst (psychiatrist) in the “rest home”, saying that he cannot say much...
<ul><li>That's all I'm going to tell about.  </li></ul><ul><li>I could probably tell you what I did after I went home, and...
<ul><li>Holden predicts he will be discharged soon, and he will be attending a different school next September.  </li></ul...
<ul><li>If you want to know the truth, I don't know what I think about it.  </li></ul><ul><li>I'm sorry I told so many peo...
<ul><li>Even old Stradlater  </li></ul><ul><li>and Ackley.  </li></ul><ul><li>I think I even miss that goddam Maurice.  </...
<ul><li>It's funny.  </li></ul><ul><li>Don't ever tell anybody anything.  </li></ul><ul><li>If you do, you start missing e...
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Catcher in the Rye Chapters 25 & 26

  1. 1. Catcher in the Rye Chapter 25
  2. 2. <ul><li>When I got outside, it was just getting light out. </li></ul><ul><li>It  was pretty cold, too, but it felt good because I was sweating so much. </li></ul><ul><li>I didn't know where the hell to go. </li></ul><ul><li>I didn't want to go to another hotel and spend all Phoebe's dough. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>So finally all I did was I walked over to Lexington and took the subway down to Grand Central. </li></ul><ul><li>My bags were there and all, and I figured I'd sleep in that crazy waiting room where all the benches are. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Holden wakes around nine, as the hustle and bustle of the working day begins. </li></ul><ul><li>He thinks about the night before and the incident with Mr. Antolini; he wonders if he has misinterpreted Antolini’s touch. </li></ul><ul><li>Disturbed by these thoughts, he tries to think of something else. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>There was this magazine that somebody'd left on the bench next to me, so I started reading it, thinking it'd make me stop thinking about Mr. Antolini and a million other things for at least a little while. </li></ul>Laurence Olivier in Hamlet
  6. 6. <ul><li>But this damn article I started reading made me feel almost worse. </li></ul><ul><li>It was all about hormones. </li></ul><ul><li>It described how you should look, your face and eyes and all, if your hormones were in good shape, and I didn't look that way at all. </li></ul><ul><li>I looked exactly like the guy in the article with lousy hormones. </li></ul><ul><li>So I started getting worried about my hormones. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Then I read this other article about how you can tell if you have cancer or not. </li></ul><ul><li>It said if you had any sores in your mouth that didn't heal pretty quickly, it was a sign that you probably had cancer. </li></ul><ul><li>I'd had this sore on the inside of my lip for about two weeks. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>So figured I was getting cancer. </li></ul><ul><li>That magazine was some little cheerer upper. </li></ul><ul><li>I finally quit reading it and went outside for a walk. </li></ul><ul><li>I figured I'd be dead in a couple of months because I had cancer. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Holden decides to go out and buy himself an inexpensive breakfast. </li></ul><ul><li>He does not want to spend too much of Phoebe’s money. </li></ul><ul><li>Since his stomach is upset, he just drinks coffee. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>He leaves the train station and walks out to Fifth Avenue. </li></ul><ul><li>All around him, people seem to be in the Christmas spirit, which is depressing to Holden. </li></ul><ul><li>He begins to imagine he is disappearing, becoming invisible. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Anyway, I kept walking and walking up Fifth Avenue, without any tie on or anything. </li></ul><ul><li>Then all of a sudden, something very spooky started happening. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Every time I came to the end of a block and stepped off the goddam curb, I had this feeling that I'd never get to the other side of the street. </li></ul><ul><li>I thought I'd just go down, down, down, and nobody'd ever see me again. </li></ul><ul><li>Boy, did it scare me. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>You can't imagine. </li></ul><ul><li>I started sweating like a bastard--my whole shirt and underwear and everything. </li></ul><ul><li>Then I started doing something else.  </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Every time I'd get to the end of a block I'd make believe I was talking to my brother Allie. </li></ul><ul><li>I'd say to him, &quot;Allie, don't let me disappear.” </li></ul><ul><li>Please, Allie.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>And then when I'd reach the other side of the street without disappearing, I'd thank him. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Then it would start all over again as soon as I got to the next corner. </li></ul><ul><li>But I kept going and all. </li></ul><ul><li>I was sort of afraid to stop, I think--I don't remember, to tell you the truth. </li></ul><ul><li>I know I didn't stop till I was way up in the Sixties, past the zoo and all. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Then I sat down on this bench. </li></ul><ul><li>I could hardly get my breath, and I was still sweating like a bastard. </li></ul><ul><li>I sat there, I guess, for about an hour. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>He decides he will hitchhike &quot;way out west&quot;. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>However, he decides to meet Phoebe one last time and say good-bye. </li></ul><ul><li>He goes to her school and delivers a note asking her to meet him in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for lunch. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>While I was walking up the stairs, though, all of a sudden I thought I was going to puke again. </li></ul><ul><li>Only, I didn't. </li></ul><ul><li>I sat down for a second, and then I felt better. </li></ul><ul><li>But while I was sitting down, I saw something that drove me crazy. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Somebody'd written &quot;Fuck you&quot; on the wall. </li></ul><ul><li>It drove me damn near crazy. </li></ul><ul><li>I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them--all cockeyed, naturally--what it meant, and how they'd all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>I kept wanting to kill whoever'd written it. </li></ul><ul><li>I figured it was some perverty bum that'd sneaked in the school late at night to take a leak or something and then wrote it on the wall. </li></ul><ul><li>I kept picturing myself catching him at it, and how I'd smash his head on the stone steps till he was good and goddam dead and bloody. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>But I knew, too, I wouldn't have the guts to do it. </li></ul><ul><li>I knew that. </li></ul><ul><li>That made me even more depressed. </li></ul><ul><li>I hardly even had the guts to rub it off the wall with my hand, if you want to know the truth. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>I was afraid some teacher would catch me rubbing it off and would think I'd written it. </li></ul><ul><li>But I rubbed it out anyway, finally. </li></ul><ul><li>Holden leaves the note with a secretary and makes his way out of the school. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>I went down by a different staircase, and I saw another &quot;Fuck you&quot; on the wall. </li></ul><ul><li>I tried to rub it off with my hand again, but this one was scratched on, with a knife or something. </li></ul><ul><li>It wouldn't come off. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>It's hopeless, anyway. </li></ul><ul><li>If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the &quot;Fuck you&quot; signs in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>It's impossible. </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Since Holden has nothing else to do, he goes to the museum to wait. </li></ul><ul><li>While Holden waits, he meets two young boys and helps them locate the display of Egyptian mummies. </li></ul><ul><li>The tomb-like structure makes Holden ill, and he goes to the bathroom and faints. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Once he revives, he goes out to wait for Phoebe. </li></ul><ul><li>She is twenty minutes late, but she is no longer mad. </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, she shows up with a suitcase, announcing her intention to go with Holden. </li></ul><ul><li>He scolds her and tells her no, which makes her sulk. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Finally, Holden convinces her he will not leave. </li></ul><ul><li>He takes her to the zoo, and they end up at the carousel. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>&quot;Do you want to go for a ride on it?&quot; I said. </li></ul><ul><li>I knew she probably did. </li></ul><ul><li>When she was a tiny little kid, and Allie and D.B. and I used to go to the park with her, she was mad about the carrousel. </li></ul><ul><li>You couldn't get her off the goddam thing. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I'm too big.&quot; she said. </li></ul><ul><li>I thought she wasn't going to answer me, but she did. </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>&quot;No, you're not. Go on. I'll wait for ya. Go on,&quot; I said. </li></ul><ul><li>We were right there then. </li></ul><ul><li>There were a few kids riding on it, mostly very little kids, and a few parents were waiting around outside, sitting on the benches and all. </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>What I did was, I went up to the window where they sell the tickets and bought old Phoebe a ticket. </li></ul><ul><li>Then I gave it to her. </li></ul><ul><li>She was standing right next to me. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Here,&quot; I said. &quot;Wait a second--take the rest of your dough, too.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>I started giving her the rest of the dough she'd lent me. </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>&quot;You keep it. Keep it for me,&quot; she said. Then she said right afterward--&quot;Please.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>That's depressing, when somebody says &quot;please&quot; to you. </li></ul><ul><li>I mean if it's Phoebe or somebody. </li></ul><ul><li>That depressed the hell out of me. </li></ul><ul><li>But I put the dough back in my pocket. </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>&quot;Aren't you gonna ride, too?&quot; she asked me. </li></ul><ul><li>She was looking at me sort of funny. </li></ul><ul><li>You could tell she wasn't  too sore at me any more. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Maybe I will the next time. I'll watch ya,&quot; I said.  &quot;Got your ticket?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Yes.“ </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Go ahead, then--I'll be on this bench right over here. I'll watch ya.&quot; </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>I went over and sat down on this bench, and she went and got on the carousel. </li></ul><ul><li>She walked all around it. </li></ul><ul><li>I mean she walked once all the way around it. </li></ul><ul><li>Then she sat down on this big, brown, beat-up-looking old horse. </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>Then the carousel started, and I watched her go around and around. </li></ul>
  36. 36. <ul><li>When the ride was over she got off her horse and came over to me. &quot;You ride once, too, this time,&quot; she said. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;No, I'll just watch ya. I think I'll just watch,&quot; I said. </li></ul><ul><li>I gave her some more of her dough. &quot;Here. Get some more tickets.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>        </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>She took the dough off me. &quot;I'm not mad at you any more,&quot; she said. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I know. Hurry up--the thing's gonna start again.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Then all of a sudden she gave me a kiss. </li></ul><ul><li>Then she held her hand out, and said, &quot;It's raining. It's starting to rain.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I know.&quot; </li></ul>
  38. 38. <ul><li>Then what she did--it damn near killed me--she reached in my coat pocket and took out my red hunting hat and put it on my head. </li></ul><ul><li>Boy, it began to rain like a bastard. </li></ul><ul><li>I got pretty soaking wet, especially my neck and my pants. </li></ul><ul><li>My hunting hat really gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way; but I got soaked anyway. </li></ul>
  39. 39. <ul><li>I didn't care, though. </li></ul><ul><li>I felt so damn happy all of sudden, the way old Phoebe kept going around and around. </li></ul><ul><li>I was damn near bawling. </li></ul>
  40. 40. <ul><li>I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the truth. </li></ul><ul><li>I don't know why. It was just that she looked so damn nice, the way she kept going around and around, in her blue coat  and all. </li></ul><ul><li>God, I wish you could've been there. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Chapter 26
  42. 42. The “Rest Home” <ul><li>Holden is speaking to an analyst (psychiatrist) in the “rest home”, saying that he cannot say much more because it is irrelevant. </li></ul>
  43. 43. <ul><li>That's all I'm going to tell about. </li></ul><ul><li>I could probably tell you what I did after I went home, and how I got sick and all, and what school I'm supposed to go to next fall, after I get out of here, but I don't feel like it. </li></ul><ul><li>I really don't. </li></ul><ul><li>That stuff doesn't interest me too much right now. </li></ul>
  44. 44. <ul><li>Holden predicts he will be discharged soon, and he will be attending a different school next September. </li></ul><ul><li>He somewhat regrets having discussed his private experiences with so many people, because in a way he misses these people now. </li></ul>
  45. 45. <ul><li>If you want to know the truth, I don't know what I think about it. </li></ul><ul><li>I'm sorry I told so many people about it. </li></ul><ul><li>About all I know is, I sort of miss everybody I told about. </li></ul>
  46. 46. <ul><li>Even old Stradlater </li></ul><ul><li>and Ackley. </li></ul><ul><li>I think I even miss that goddam Maurice. </li></ul>
  47. 47. <ul><li>It's funny. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't ever tell anybody anything. </li></ul><ul><li>If you do, you start missing everybody. </li></ul>

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