The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 16 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 16 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Miss Aigletinger: a former teacher of Holden’s who frequently took her class to the Museum of Natural History

Gertrude Levine: Holden’s partner when the class went to the Museum of Natural History

Summary
When Holden finishes breakfast, he goes for a long walk. He thinks about the nuns collecting money for the poor. It makes him sad that the nuns never go anywhere nice for lunch. He walks toward Broadway, looking for a record store where he can buy Little Shirley Beans, a hard-to-find recording he wants to give to Phoebe. He notices a poor family, on their way home from church, and is intrigued by the six-year-old boy, who is singing,...

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