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When he gets back to the dormitory his neighbor, Ackley who happens to be unhygienic and his roommate Stradlater irritate him more. Stradlater takes Holden’s ex-girlfriend, whom he still admires out for a date. When Stradlater comes back, they had up fighting after Holden wants to know whether Stradlater tried to have sex with Jane. Holden gets a blooded nose and he decides to leave Pencey three days earlier and go to Manhattan where he stays in a hotel without the knowledge of his parents.

He meets a mother of one of his fellow students on a train as he heads to New York. He knows that “this student is a true bastard” but he lies to his mother that the student is shy and obedient. (ibid 12) The character of Holden is very strange as evidenced when he calls a woman by the name of Faith Cavendish to persuade her to have sex with him although he is a minor. At Edmont Hotel, he flirts with women who are in their thirties after a waiter realizes that he is a minor and thus no drinks for him. After dancing with the beautiful one, he feels being “half in love” after seeing how well she dances.  The two women leave him to pay their bill after he lies about his age.

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