Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis

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On page 123, staring at girls in the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel, which used to be famous for girl-watching (men would sit in the lobby under its enormous clock and stare at women there), Holden wonders what will happen to all of these girls. How will they change? Thus, his decision not to call up Jane Gallagher. He wants Stradlater to ask her if she “still” keeps her kings in the back row. “Still”! Has she changed? If so, how? Why is she going out with a “sexy bastard” like Stradlater who is into touching (his “technique”). Holden likes to remember the guard in the museum telling the children not to touch anything (120, bottom). When things are touched, they change. Has Jane changed? He’s beside himself with worry on pages 31

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