On the telephone

On the telephone - On the telephone, Mr. Antolini tells...

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Unformatted text preview: On the telephone, Mr. Antolini tells Holden to come right over if he wants. Holden returns to D.B.'s room, now inhabited by Phoebe. She has the radio on, and they dance. Holden lights a cigarette, and Phoebe explains how she can fake a fever. Suddenly, they hear their parents entering the apartment. Holden turns out the lamp, jams out the cigarette, and hides in the closet. His mother checks on Phoebe and, smelling the cigarette, scolds her for smoking. After the mother leaves, Phoebe loans Holden her Christmas money, which makes Holden cry. He gives her his treasured red hunting cap and exits down the building's back stairs. This chapter is primarily a transitional one, serving to wrap up the visit and get Holden out of the apartment. Salinger offers a little insight into Mr. Antolini's character, detailing his compassionate response to the death of James Castle and his excellence as a teacher. In addition, we learn a little response to the death of James Castle and his excellence as a teacher....
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