Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Holden Caulfield: the narrator of the story

D.B.: Holden’s brother

Selma Thurmer: the headmaster’s daughter

Mr. Spencer: Holden’s history teacher at Pencey Prep

Robert Tichener: a student at Pencey Prep

Paul Campbell: a student at Pencey Prep

Mr. Zambesi: the biology teacher at Pencey Prep

Mrs. Spencer: the wife of Mr. Spencer, the history teacher

Summary
Holden, the narrator, is telling the story from a place in California, near Hollywood. Because he is run down physically, and is probably mentally exhausted as well, it appears that he is in a sanitarium to recover and...

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