The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Harris Macklin: a roommate of Holden’s for a couple of months at Elkton Hills School

George something: an acquaintance of Sally Hayes whom she saw at the play

Holden sits in the lobby at the Biltmore Hotel and does some girl-watching while he waits for Sally Hayes to arrive. He muses about what will become of these girls. On the one hand, he considers that many will marry boring guys who are not intelligent. Then he remembers an old roommate of his, Harris Macklin, who was intelligent and boring too. Holden concludes that it may not be so bad if the girls marry boring guys, just so long as they are nice. Finally, he sees Sally coming up...

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