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Can you give me a summary and commentary for chapter 9-11 of Catcher in the Rye?

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To me, these three chapters really show us how lonely Holden is.  He claims that he really does not like society and he really does not like most people.  But you can see in these chapters that he really wants company.

In these chapters, he keeps trying to have company.  He calls Faith Cavendish.  He hangs out in the bar with the three women from Seattle.  He is constantly thinking about his sister.  He thinks a lot in Chapter 11 about Jane.

To me, the main action in these chapters shows Holden vainly looking for someone to be with -- someone to accept him.  I think the chapters show how lonely he is.

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