Ernie is a talented piano player who has his own bar in New York City. Holden has been to this bar with D.B. in the past, so he decides to visit once more when he reaches the city after leaving Pencey. When he arrives, though, he hates how many “phonies” are there, including D.B.’s ex-girlfriend Lillian, and also dislikes the showboating way that Ernie plays the piano.
Ernie Character Timeline in The Catcher in the Rye
The timeline below shows where the character Ernie appears in The Catcher in the Rye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.