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Course Hero's video study guide provides in-depth summary and analysis of chapter 8 of J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye.
Holden walks to the train station, uses snow to wash the blood from his face, and takes the train into the city. At one stop a middle-aged woman boards and notices Pencey stickers on Holden's suitcase. She asks if Holden knows her son, Ernest Morrow, whom Holden considers a jerk. Holden gives a fake name and praises Ernest. Holden describes Ernest as too modest to accept the position of class president. He then suggests to Mrs. Morrow that they get drinks in the club car, but she declines, clearly suspicious of his age. She asks why Holden is headed home before classes end, and he lies about an operation on a brain tumor. Mrs. Morrow wishes Holden well and invites him to visit during the summer, to which he replies that he has plans to travel to South America then.
Almost nothing happens in this chapter, yet Holden's interaction with Mrs. Morrow reveals more of his complex character: