At the beginning of the novel, Holden visits his favorite teacher Mr. Spencer to say goodbye before he leaves Pencey Prep. When Holden arrives at Mr. Spencer's home, his teacher begins to criticize Holden for his lack of effort throughout the semester and reads his exam paper aloud. Mr. Spencer also reads Holden's note at the end of his essay, which says,
"DEAR MR. SPENCER [he read out loud]. That is all I know about the Egyptians. I can't seem to get very interested in them although your lectures are very interesting. It is all right with me if you flunk me though as I am flunking everything else except English anyway.
Respectfully yours, HOLDEN CAULFIELD" (7)
Holden's note at the end of his exam paper illustrates that he cares about Mr. Spencer's perception of him and shows that he does not want to offend his favorite teacher. It is written as an apology for his failing grades. Holden could have written the note to Mr. Spencer as an attempt to justify his terrible essay in hopes that Mr. Spencer may have sympathy for him. In this case, Holden's attempt is a sign of Holden's immaturity and naive personality.