The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 5 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 5 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Mal Brossard: a friend of Holden’s who is on the wrestling team and with whom Holden goes into Agerstown

Allie: Holden’s younger brother who died of leukemia

After the Saturday night steak dinner at Pencey, Holden makes plans to go to the movies with Mal Brossard and asks Ackley to join them. It happens that both Mal and Ackley have seen the movie, so they have hamburgers, play the pinball machine, and return to the dorm by 8:45 p.m. Brossard goes to look for a bridge game and Ackley comes into Holden’s room and discusses his sexual exploits, which Holden has heard before. Finally, Holden asks him to leave and begins writing the...

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