It is after he meets Sally that he gets someone whom he can talk to about why he feels unhappy in school. He offers her chance to away together to Massachusetts or Vermont, but she refuses and he calls her pain in the ass, something that makes her mad. Holden meets a student in the Columbian university by the name of Carl Luce who used to be his advisor at Whooton School.
They meet in a bar where they drink some whisky but Luce leaves early after their conversation bores him. He calls Sally when drunk and asks her about their Christmas Eve plans. He decides to go to central park a place he visited often as a child to watch ducks but he gets lost on the way and by the time he gets to it, he is very cold. He decides to go home and wake her sister up who forces him to admit that he was expelled from school.
He fantasizes to his young sister about him being
“Standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.”(ibid 173)
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