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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger

Ackley Timeline and Summary

  • While Holden is reading Out of Africa, Ackley comes to his room, pretending his arrival is an accident. He comes in just to shoot the breeze and trash talk Stradlater.
  • Ackley cuts his toenails all over Holden's floor.
  • He doesn't seem to get any of Holden's hints that he just wants to read in peace.
  • After Stradlater leaves on his date with Jane, Ackley goes to the movies with Holden.
  • Ackley is in his room when Holden enters with a bloody nose from his fight with Stradlater. Not exactly Host of the Year, Ackley doesn't want to let Holden sleep in his roommate's bed.
  • When Holden asks him if you need to be a Catholic to join a monastery, Ackley gets offended, thinking Holden is making fun of his religion.
  • After Holden leaves, the last we see of Ackley is him forecasting that Holden is going to get his head bashed in someday for being such a wise guy.

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