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Course Hero's video study guide provides in-depth summary and analysis of chapter 14 of J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye.
Feeling depressed, Holden lies in bed and smokes as dawn draws near. At such times he talks to Allie, telling Allie to get his bike and meet him at Billy Fallon's house. When they lived in Maine, Holden and Billy had excluded Allie from a trip to the lake; now Holden soothes his nerves by inviting his little brother to come along.
Someone knocks on Holden's door; it is Maurice and Sunny, demanding five dollars from him. Holden threatens to yell for help, but Sunny takes the extra five from Holden's wallet and Maurice punches him in the stomach. He and Sunny leave. Breath knocked out of him, Holden comforts himself by fantasizing that Maurice has shot him in the gut. In his fantasy he follows Maurice and shoots him six times, and then Jane tends to his own wound as he smokes. In reality Holden falls back in bed and finally sleeps after his harrowing night.
Holden is terribly vulnerable during the disturbing events that happen in the dead of night, a time symbolically associated with danger.