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The plot Holdens story begins on the Saturday following the end of classes at the Pencey prep school in Agerstown Pennsylvania Pencey is Holdens fourth school he has already failed out of three others At Pencey he has failed four out of five of his classes and has received notice that he is being expelled but he is not scheduled to return home to Manhattan until Wednesday He visits his elderly history teacher Spencer to say goodbye but when Spencer tries to reprimand him for his poor academic performance Holden becomes annoyed Back in the dormitory Holden is further irritated by his unhygienic neighbor Ackley and by his own roommate Stradlater Stradlater spends the evening on a date with Jane Gallagher a girl whom Holden used to date and whom he still admires During the course of the evening Holden grows increasingly nervous about Stradlaters taking Jane out and when Stradlater returns Holden questions him insistently about whether he tried to have sex with her Stradlater teases Holden who flies into a rage and attacks Stradlater Stradlater pins Holden down and bloodies his nose Holden decides that hes had enough of Pencey and will go to Manhattan three days early stay in a hotel and not tell his parents that he is back On the train to New York Holden meets the mother of one of his fellow Pencey students Though he thinks this student is a complete bastard he tells the woman made-up stories about how shy her son is and how well respected he is at school When he arrives at Penn Station he goes into a phone booth and considers calling several people but for various reasons he decides against it He gets in a cab and asks the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park go when the lagoon freezes but his question annoys the driver Holden has the cab take him to the Edmont Hotel where he checks himself
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