In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, over how many days do the events described in the story take place?

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The main events of the story happen between Friday night's school game and the following Tuesday when Holden expects his parents to find out that he has been expelled from school. However, the present of Holden's position as narrator is from a few months into the future where he is writing about his four-day weekend adventure from a mental hospital in California. The beginning of his adventure starts late Friday night to Saturday morning when he goes AWOL and catches a train to New York City. Luckily, he has money to get himself trains, cabs, and hotel fair for a couple of days. He spends a lot of his money, though, during those few days that by the last night of his adventure he is sleeping on a park bench.

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