Catcher In The Rye Timeline. Whitney Brumley Christine Baik Rachel Ko Amy McElroy. 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.
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"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.
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.3:00, Thomsen Hill
"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.A little after 3:00
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.Later, Pencey Prep, Holden's room
"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.Halfway through the game
"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.9:30 pm, 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.11:00(ish)
"'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.11:30(ish)
Ask Cabbie about ducks
Meets Mrs. Morrow
“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 badBoards Train
“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 doDucks in Central Park
“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 doLavender Room
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.Sunny the Prostitute
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.Meeting the Nuns
Holden looks for Phoebe
Purchases “Little Shirley Beans”
Talks about running away
Meets with Sally
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.Noon
"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.12:45(ish) - 1:30(ish)
They go to the theater to see the play which is starring the Lunts. During intermission Sally meets an old friend, George “something.”2:00pm
After the play, Sally and Holden go ice skating at Rockefeller Center. They have an argument over different sodas.
"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).4:00(ish)
Watches a movie at Radio City
Goes to the drugstore
He then tries calling Jane Gallagher but there is no answer so he gives up5:30(ish)
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).6:30(ish)
Carl Luce leaves
While drunk he calls Sally
The Wicker Bar
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 date11:00
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).11:30(ish)
Goes to the apartment
Wants to be Catcher
Drops the record
Parents come back
Phoebe guess the truth
Calls Mr. Antolini
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.1:00
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.2:00
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).3:00
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