The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 7 Summary and Analysis

J. D. Salinger

Chapter 7 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Ely: Ackley’s roommate

Frederick Woodruff: a student, who lives in the dorm, to whom Holden sells his typewriter

Summary
After the fight with Stradlater, Holden goes to Ackley’s room looking for comfort, but finds none. Ackley’s only concern is to learn the reasons for the fight. When Holden asks to sleep in Ely’s bed, Ackley is unwilling to give permission because Ely might come back that evening. The truth is that Ely goes home every weekend and will not return until Sunday evening. Holden leaves Ackley’s room and decides on the spur of the moment to leave Pencey Prep immediately, rather than wait until Wednesday. He does not want to...

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