The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 18 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 18 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Al Pike: Jane Gallagher’s date at a Fourth of July dance

Bob Robinson: a friend of Holden’s who had an inferiority complex

Summary
Holden leaves the skating rink and goes to a drugstore to get something to eat. He considers calling Jane Gallagher to ask her to go dancing. Thinking of Jane reminds him of a story about Jane and her date, Al Pike, at a Fourth of July dance. Not surprisingly, Holden was critical of Al in front of Jane, labeling him as a show-off. Jane excused Al’s behavior by saying he was not a show-off, but had an inferiority complex. In an effort to explain to the reader the difference between someone with an inferiority...

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