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What are the names of the schools that Holden got kicked out of in Catcher in the Rye?

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Posted February 26, 2012 at 4:52 AM via web

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What are the names of the schools that Holden got kicked out of in Catcher in the Rye?

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Douglas Horley | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted October 17, 2013 at 10:48 PM (Answer #2)

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Early in the novel Holden meets his history teacher Mr Spencer to discuss his very poor exam paper and why he 'flunked' history. During this meeting we learn that not only will he be leaving his current school Pencey due to failing all but one subject, but that he has dropped out of two previous schools,

"If I'm not mistaken, I believe you also had some difficulty at the Whooton School and at Elkton Hills." He didn't say it just sarcastic, but sort of nasty, too. (p. 17)

 We could assume that both those schools were also both elite private schools. We learn more about Holden's character at this point as he insists that he didn't flunk at his last school, Elkton Hills, and then muses to himself that he left because he was "surrounded by phonies" (p.14) - a motif which is repeated often throughout the novel.

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