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Barron's Booknotes-The Catcher In the Rye by J. D. Salinger-Free Booknotes/Synopsis
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ROBERT ACKLEY

Ackley lives in the room next to Holden's at school. He's consistently nasty. Holden understands that Ackley's offensiveness stems from insecurity, but that doesn't make him any easier to get along with.

SALLY HAYES

Sally is a good-looking but shallow girl Holden has dated in the past, and one of several people to whom he reaches out for help. Like Stradlater, Sally represents the phony values Holden hates, but her physical attractiveness leads Holden to put his principles aside. He tries to explain to her what's happening in his life, but she's incapable of relating to his problems. Even though he hates everything she stands for, Holden proposes marriage to her in a moment of extreme weakness.

CARL LUCE

Luce is a college student who used to be a senior adviser to Holden when they both attended the same prep school. Luce was notorious for holding discussions on sex with younger students; Holden suspects he might be a homosexual. Though Holden hasn't seen him in a long time, he calls Luce in his desperate need to talk to someone.


MR. SPENCER

Mr. Spencer, an older history teacher at Pencey prep, is concerned about Holden's academic failure. He invites Holden to his home to talk things over, but the conversation is a disaster. Though Spencer's concern is genuine, he doesn't have an inkling of what Holden is like, and all he can offer are cliches and slogans as advice.

MR. ANTOLINI

Mr. Antolini is a former English teacher of Holden's. Like Spencer, he's concerned about Holden's welfare, but his interest is more personal than Spencer's. (At one point Holden thinks it's too personal.) Antolini is young and understanding, and he seems to have an idea of what's bothering Holden.

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