The Catcher in the Rye - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

It is Saturday night, which means the students will be eating steak. Holden thinks that the school serves steak on Saturdays because parents visit on Sundays. When the parents ask their sons what they ate for dinner the night before, the boys will say steak, which will impress the parents. In actuality, the steaks are hard, dry and unappetizing. After dinner, the boys go outside to find that it has snowed. Holden thinks that the snow is very pretty and he has a good time fooling around with the other students. He and a friend, Mal Brossard, decide to go see a movie. Holden feels pity for Ackley, who never has anything to do on Saturday nights, so he asks Mal if Ackley can go with them. Mal reluctantly agrees. When Holden invites Ackley, he is not appreciative. He acts like he is doing Holden a favor...

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