The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger
Contributed by Marinda Dreiling
Chapter 26

That’s the end of Holden’s story. He tells just a little bit about the sanatorium he’s at now, before signing off. People keep asking him, he says, if he’ll apply himself when he goes back to school next September. Holden doesn’t know what to say to this question, nor does he know what to say when his brother D.B., who lives nearby, comes to visit one day and asks what Holden thinks of all that’s happened to him. At the end of his story, all he thinks is that he’s a little sorry he told so many people what happened, and that he sort of misses Stradlater and even Ackley and Maurice. He ends his story by saying, "Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody." Chapter 25, pg. 214

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