The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 19 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 19 Summary and Analysis

Holden arrives at the Wicker Bar before Luce. While he is waiting, he describes the Wicker Bar as a sophisticated place which is frequented by phonies and homosexuals. Holden regards the bartender as a snob. Luce finally arrives and makes it clear that he cannot stay for very long. The conversation goes from bad to worse. Holden is able to irritate Luce with every statement he makes and every question he asks. Although Holden recognizes that many of his questions are too personal, he continues asking them and justifies his behavior to himself by arguing that Luce, as student advisor, used to ask questions that were too personal. Finally, Luce repeats the advice which he gave Holden the last time they...

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