The setting for the early chapters in the flashback is Pencey Prep

The setting for the early chapters in the flashback is Pencey Prep

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The setting for the early chapters in the flashback is Pencey Prep, a "terrible" school whose  atmosphere seems as cold as the December air on Thomsen Hill. Holden has no love for prep  schools. Although he oddly respects the academic standards of Pencey, he sees it as phony, if not  evil. Magazine ads for the school, featuring horsemanship, are misleading because, Holden claims,  he has never seen a horse anywhere near Pencey. The school's motto, concerned with molding boys  into "splendid" young men, is "for the birds," according to Holden. After all, one of the students has  stolen his winter coat and fur-lined gloves. Holden is not attending the football game for two reasons, both of which reveal a good deal about his  character. First, Holden is careless and sometimes irresponsible. As manager of the fencing team, 
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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