The Catcher in the Rye - Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16 Summary

After breakfast, Holden still has two hours before meeting Sally, so he decides to walk to Broadway in order to find a record that he wants to buy for Phoebe. It's called "Little Shirley Beans" and he knows Phoebe will love it. As he walks down the street, he sees a little boy who is singing while he walks with his parents. Holden is impressed by the little boy's voice as he sings, "If a body catch a body coming through the rye." Hearing the song makes Holden feel a little happier and less depressed. He finds the record he is looking for and buys it. He then buys two tickets for a play starring the Lunts. He doesn't like shows, but he knows Sally will be impressed. She likes things that seem dry and sophisticated. Holden says he can never really watch...

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