The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Howie Coyle: a student and basketball player at Pencey Prep

Jane Gallagher: an old friend of Holden’s who goes on a date with Stradlater

Summary
Holden engages in conversation with Stradlater while he prepares for his date. Holden makes a point of describing Stradlater as a person who is excessively concerned about his personal appearance, but, in reality, is a “secret slob.” While he is shaving, Stradlater asks Holden to do him a favor: to write a composition for him. He cautions Holden not to make it too good, for fear that the teacher will discover that Stradlater really did not write it. Further discussion reveals that Stadlater’s date...

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