Holden Caulfield-> is the main character, he is six feet two inch tall. He has a bit of grey hair. He is sixteen years old and now is 17. He is the narrator of the story, who hates phonies.


“I'm seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I'm about thirteen. It's really ironical, because I'm six foot two and a half and I have gray hair. I really do. The one side of my head--the right side is full of millions of gray hairs.” (Page 5)

Phoebe Caulfield

Physical attributes- “roller skate skinny”, red hair, short, 10 years old

intelligent, skater, dancer, neat, Favorite movie is the 39 steps, Holden calls her old phoebe


You should see her. You never saw a little kid so pretty and smart in your whole
life. She's really smart. I mean she's had all A's ever since she started school
She has this sort of red hair, a little bit like
Allie's was, that's very short in the summertime. In the summertime, she sticks it behind
her ears. She has nice, pretty little ears. In the wintertime, it's pretty long, though.
Sometimes my mother braids it and sometimes she doesn't. It's really nice, though. She's
only ten. She's quite skinny, like me, but nice skinny.
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Her favorite is The 39 Steps, though, with Robert Donat

Stradlater-> At pency he his Holden’s roommate. He is handsome according to Holden. Stradlater was a secret slob and and holden thinks that Stradlater is madly in love with himself.


“Stradlater was more of a secret slob. He always looked all right, Stradlater, but for instance, you should've seen the razor he shaved himself with.The reason he fixed himself up to look good was because he was madly in love with himself. He thought he
was the handsomest guy in the Western Hemisphere. He was pretty handsome, too--I'll admit it.” (Page 15)



Allie Caulfield

Allie was Holden's brother who was younger than holden by 2 years. He had similar characteristics to everyone from their family meaning red hair and skinny. Holden always believed that Allie was very intelligent. As Holden says Allie died 3 years before the start of the novel, meaning that since Holden is about 16 in the novel Allie was about 11 years old.


was a wizard (36)


He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18,
1946 (21)
He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty
times as intelligent. (21)

Red Haired (21)



Ackley-> A guy that roomed right next to Holden. Everyone hated him. He is a very tall round shouldered guy. He had lousy teeth. He had pimples all over his body not just his face. He was a nasty person.



“He was one of these very, very tall, round-shouldered guys--he was about six four--with lousy teeth. Besides that, he had a lot of pimples. Not just on his forehead or his chin, like most guys, but all over his whole face. And not only that, he had a terrible personality. He was also sort of a nasty guy.” (page 10-11)



Mr. Antolini.

Best teacher holden ever had, a young man who taught at elkton hills while Holden went to school there, later took a job at the NYU in new york.


I wanted to phone up this guy that was my English teacher at Elkton Hills,
Mr. Antolini. (93)
Works now in nyu (93)
He was about the best teacher I ever had, Mr. Antolini. He was a pretty young
guy, not much older than my brother D.B., and you could kid around with him without
losing your respect for him. He was the one that finally picked up that boy that jumped
out the window I told you about, James Castle. Old Mr. Antolini felt his pulse and all,
and then he took off his coat and put it over James Castle and carried him all the way
over to the infirmary. He didn't even give a damn if his coat got all bloody.
When I got back to D.B.'s room, old Phoebe'd turned the radio on. This
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He had on his bathrobe and slippers, and he had a highball
in one hand. He was a pretty sophisticated guy, and he was a pretty heavy drinker.
"Holden, m'boy!" he said. "My God, he's grown another twenty inches. Fine to see you
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