Catcher In The Rye Timeline. Saturday Afternoon. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. Fencing equipment goes missing. Thomsen Hill. Meet Stradlater. Meet Ackley. Mr. Spencer. Earlier in the day, New York. "I was the goddam manager of the fencing team. Very big deal" (3).
Catcher In The Rye Timeline
"I was the goddam manager of the fencing team. Very big deal" (3).
His sarcasm conveys his apathy about the fencing team and even about his schoolwork. He does not care about his responsibilities to both the fencing team and Pencey Prep.
"...you were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn't win" (2).
Holden's depressed state of mind is shown in this sentence when he mentions suicide, which he treats facetiously. Committing suicide is something that most people don't consider, but Holden's passing thoughts about suicide may suggest that he has depressing thoughts.
Mr. Spencer's, Anthony Wayne Avenue
"All of a sudden then, I wanted to get the hell out of the room" (10).
Holden is very moody and somewhat bipolar. He constantly changes his mind about things, proposes crazy getaway schemes, and contradicts himself often. He didn't mind visiting Mr. Spencer's until Holden thought he was going to be lectured.
"'Stop calling me 'Ackley kid,' God damn it'" (25).
Holden Caufield has a condescending and slightly sadistic attitude sometimes. He likes to push people's buttons and does not think much about the consequences.
Robert Ackley is the type of boy that likes to build himself up to be more that what he is, which is why Holden's condescending name of "Ackley kid" is not appreciated.
Pencey Prep, the restroom
"Suspense is good for some bastards like Stradlater" (28).
Not only is Holden's sadistic tendencies evidently at work, Holden also contradicts himself and changes his mind about Stradlater.
Earlier, he had defended Stradlater against Ackley and mentioned the decent kind of things Stradlater did. Now, Holden has decided that Stradlater is a "bastard" and continues to think negatively about Stradlater.
Pencey Prep, Holden's room
"I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it" (39).
Holden is very depressed and angry about his brother, Allie's, death. Though his anger is more apparent the night of Allie's death through his violent actions, Holden's negativity still exists in his vulgar words and violent and depressing thoughts.
Pencey Prep, Holden's room
"'You don't do one damn thing the way you're supposed to'" (41).
Holden does not like to do things the way he is supposed to. He enjoys being different.
His nonconformity is one of the major themes of the novel and his composition about Allie's mitt, which was supposed to be of a room, is an example of his nonconformity.
Pencey Prep, Ackley's room
"'What's the routine on joining a monastery?'" (50).
Holden is extremely impulsive. He considers very outrageous schemes that involve running away and starting a new life that does not involve schoolwork. Later in the book, he considers another scheme involving running away with Sally.
Ask Cabbie about ducks
Meets Mrs. Morrow
Holden decides to leave Pencey early
Before he goes he sells his typewriter and takes the money he has gotten from his grandmother
“Sleep tight ya morons!” (52).
He yells this as he is walking out the front doors
He boards the train to New York and meets Mrs. Morrow who is Earnest mother
“He adapts himself very well to things. He really does mean he knows how to adapt himself” (55).
Holden lies to her about her son because he feels bad
Once in New York, Holden ask his cab driver if he knew where the duck in Central Park went
“By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets frozen over?” (60).
Holden is thinking of those who are innocent and cant help but wonder what they do
Holden goes to the Lavender Room and meets Marty, Laverne and Bernice
“I danced with them all- the whole three of them” (73).
He dances with them because he feels sorry for how stupid they are and because he doesn’t have anything to do
He had a prostitute come to his room after the elevator guy ask if he wants one for $5 dollars
They both come back and demand more money saying that it was $10 and that’s what he was told
“’Who’s hurtin’ anybody?’ he said, innocent as hell” (101).
This annoys Holden because he was the one who got hurt.
Holden goes into a sandwich bar to have his Swiss cheese sandwich and a malted milk and he sits next to two nuns.
They talk about the book Romeo and Juliet
“They let me give them 10-bucks for a contribution” (110).
Holden presses the money to them and thinks about all those who stand on street corners trying to get money.
Holden looks for Phoebe
Purchases “Little Shirley Beans”
Talks about running away
Meets with Sally
Holden leaves the sandwich bar and walks down Broadway. There, he encounters a father, mother, and little boy walking down the street. The little boy is singing "If a body catch a body coming through the rye". (abt. noon)
Stops into a record store and buys recording of "Little Shirley Beans" for Phoebe.
Goes to the theater and buys two tickets for the play "I Know My Love" for his date with Sally Hayes.
Travels to Central park to see if Phoebe is there.
Still looking for Phoebe, Holden walks across the park to the Museum of Natural History. He decides not to go into the museum.
"If Phoebe had been there, I probably would have, but she wasn't" (Salinger 122).
This is when he is looking for Phoebe and decides to go to the museum but decide not to because she wasn’t there.
Holden takes a taxi to the Biltmore and meets Sally Hayes.
Holden goes to Biltmore Hotel to meet Sally, who is late, arriving at 2:10 pm
They go to the theater to see the play which is starring the Lunts. During intermission Sally meets an old friend, George “something.”
After the play, Sally and Holden go ice skating at Rockefeller Center. They have an argument over different sodas.
Holden begins to rant about “phonies” and how he and Sally should run away together, leaves without Sally.
"You never saw so many phonies in all your life, everybody smoking their ears off and talking about the play so that everybody could hear and know how sharp they were" (Salinger 126).
Watches a movie at Radio City
Goes to the drugstore
After his date with Sally, Holden is hungry so he goes to the drugstore and has a Swiss cheese sandwich and malted milk.
He then tries calling Jane Gallagher but there is no answer so he gives up
Holden calls Carl Luce. They make plans for drinks later that night
Holden goes to the movies at Radio City. He watches the Christmas pagent and the movie. He notices a women crying next to him, who is ignoring her son.
The movie was him passing time
“The Part that got me was, there was a lady sitting next to me that cried all through the goddam picture. The phonier it got, the more she cried. You’d have thought she was kindhearted as hell, but I was sitting right next to her, and she wasn’t. she had this little kid with her. . .” (139).
Carl Luce leaves
While drunk he calls Sally
The Wicker Bar
Holden meet with Carl Luce
They meet at the Wicker Bar on 54th Street. They have an argument because Holden pesters him about subjects Carl does not want to bring up, and Carl gets annoyed with these questions
Carl then begins to question Holden’s mental health
“You still going around with that same babe you used to at Whooton? The one with the -”(144).
This is when Holden and Carl are catching up.
They are talking about the girls that Carl has dated in his personal life, which Carl gets annoyed of.
Holden then continues to stay at the bar after Carl Luce leaves for he has a date
He calls Sally, insisting on speaking to her when her family says she is asleep
This leaves a bad impression on her family after they are unable to understand his slurred speech.
“Boy was I drunk! I was still even holding onto my guys. ‘They got me. Rocky’s mob got me. You know that Sally? You know that?’“(152).
Goes to the apartment
Wants to be Catcher
Drops the record
Parents come back
Phoebe guess the truth
Calls Mr. Antolini
While in the bathroom, a “flitty” guy cautions Holden to go home
Holden then leaves The Wicker Bar
He goes to the lagoon in Central Park. He drops the record “Little Shirley Beans” and decides to sneak into his home to see Phoebe.
Holden walks home and sneaks into the apartment. He wakes up Phoebe, who is sleeping in D.B’s room.
Holden gives her the pieces of the broken record.
They have a long conversation and Phoebe guesses that Holden’s been kicked out of school.
Holden leaves and get cigarettes from the box on the table in the living room before he goes
This is before Holden leaves and both are crying. Phoebe does not want him to go; she wants him to stay for her play.
“She’s very affectionate. I mean she’s quite affectionate, for a child. Sometimes she’s even too affectionate. I sort of gave her a kiss” (161).
Wakes to Mr. Antolini’s petting
Leaves to go to Grand Central
Goes to Mr. Antolini’s
Phoebe meets him and wants to go with
Goes to eat and has a breakdown
Decides to go west and writes to Phoebe
Phoebe rides the carousel