The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 2 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 2 Summary and Analysis

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Mr. Haas: the headmaster at Elkton Hills School

Dr. Thurmer: the headmaster at Pencey Prep

Summary
Holden is led into the bedroom by Mrs. Spencer, where Mr. Spencer is sitting in a chair, still not fully recovered from the grippe. Holden liked Mr. Spencer as much, if not more than he liked any adult, and was disappointed to find that he was to be lectured. The tone of the lecture was condescending and included reading aloud from Holden’s failing examination paper. Holden was humiliated and disappointed that Mr. Spencer would do this. The lecture was laced with the clichés adults reserve for children when they are scolding them, e.g., how do you...

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