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The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger
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How does Mr. Antolini respond to Holden’s telephone call?  

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At the beginning of chapter 23, Holden makes a call to Mr. Antolini , one of Holden's favorite teachers that he has ever had. Mr. Antolini responds to Holden's unexpected phone call with openness and genuine concern for Holden's well-being. Holden describes Mr. Antolini as "very nice" when they speak...

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At the beginning of chapter 23, Holden makes a call to Mr. Antolini, one of Holden's favorite teachers that he has ever had. Mr. Antolini responds to Holden's unexpected phone call with openness and genuine concern for Holden's well-being. Holden describes Mr. Antolini as "very nice" when they speak on the phone, despite Holden's suspicion that his call woke him up. When Holden tells Mr. Antolini that he flunked out of Pencey Prep, Mr. Antolini's inscrutable response is "'Good God,'" and it is unclear what Mr. Antolini means by that expletive. Holden points out that his teacher has a "good sense of humor and all," before explaining that Mr. Antolini invites him to come over as soon as Holden feels like it.

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You can find the answer to this right at the beginning of Chapter 23.  Holden has called Mr. Antolini from his parents house.  He's there visiting Phoebe.  He doesn't say so right out, but he seems to be calling to ask if he can stay at the Antolinis'.

The first thing Mr. Antolini asks him is if anything is wrong. He doesn't seem too worried when Holden says he has been kicked out of Pencey.  Then Mr. Antolini tells Holden he can come over and stay if he needs to.

Of course, Holden will go over and stay at the Antolinis' in Chapter 24.

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