The Catcher in the Rye | Study Guide

J. D. Salinger

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Chapter 26

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The Catcher in the Rye | Chapter 26 | Summary



This chapter frames the long monologue about the crazy days before Christmas. Holden doesn't want to talk about how he went home and got sick or whether he will apply himself at school. D.B. visits with his questions about what Holden thinks about all that happened. Holden can't answer these questions either, but he is sorry he shared the story with so many people, because telling it has made him miss people. "Don't ever tell anybody anything," he advises. "If you do, you start missing everybody."


The final chapter, not even a page long, hints at Holden's future. It suggests that his recovery is progressing, but more than that, it suggests that, despite his alienation and judgmental behavior, Holden is not disconnected from the people in his life.

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