The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 12 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 12 Summary and Analysis

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Horwitz: the cabdriver who takes Holden to Ernie’s

Ernie: the owner of nightclub in Greenwich Village and featured piano player there

Lillian Simmons: a former girlfriend of D.B.’s, whom Holden meets in Ernie’s

Summary
Holden takes a cab to Ernie’s, a night club in Greenwich Village. The cab driver, Horwitz, is impatient with Holden, and always sounds angry when he is talking. Holden asks him where the ducks go in the winter. Horwitz answers in an irascible manner that he does not know, but then begins talking about the fish in the lake. Although Holden is upset by his “touchy” manner, and decides that it is no pleasure...

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