The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 23 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 23 Summary and Analysis

New Character
Mr. Antolini: Holden’s former English teacher at Elkton Hills

Summary
It is after 1:00 a.m. when Holden calls Mr. Antolini, who graciously invites him to come over to his apartment right away. Holden returns to the bedroom and dances with Phoebe to four songs on the radio. After they finish, Phoebe hears the front door open. Their parents have returned. Holden quickly hides in the closet. Mrs. Caulfield comes into the bedroom and announces that she saw the light on. Phoebe says that she had trouble sleeping. Her mother then mentions that she smells cigarette smoke. Phoebe covers for Holden by saying that she just took one puff. When her mother leaves the...

(The entire section is 434 words.)