Catcher in the Rye

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Holden and Ackley


I didn't have a date or anything, so I and this friend of mine, Mal Brossard, that was on the wrestling team, decided we'd take a bus into Agerstown and have a hamburger and maybe see a lousy movie. Neither of us felt like sitting around on our ass all night. I asked Mal if he minded if Ackley came along with us. The reason I asked was because Ackley never did anything on Saturday night, except stay in his room and squeeze his pimples or something.

What does this passage reveal about Holden's perception of Ackley?


Despite the disdain Holden displays toward Ackley, it is evident that Holden feels some measure of sympathy toward him.


Holden is intrigued by Ackley's compulsive habits.


Even if he says otherwise, Holden likely realizes that Ackley does have decent social skills, which is why Holden invites Ackley to see a movie with him and Mal.


The passage reveals that, in actuality, Holden does not find Ackley annoying or bothersome after all.


Holden thinks Ackley is more fun to be around than Mal is.