The Catcher in the Rye

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Holden loves the permanence of the exhibits at the Museum of Natural History because, unlike people, the displays never change. This constancy satisfies Holden's desire to stop time and remain in childhood.
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The Museum of Natural History Symbol Timeline in The Catcher in the Rye

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Chapter 16
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...where Phoebe often roller-skates on Sundays. He meets a girl who thinks Phoebe's at the Museum of Natural History with her class. Though it soon becomes clear that the class trip was Saturday, Holden... (full context)