The Catcher in the Rye


J. D. Salinger

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Horwitz Character Analysis

Horowitz is a taxi driver who takes Holden from the Edmont Hotel to Ernie’s piano bar. On the way, Holden asks him where the ducks in the Central Park lagoon go during the wintertime, but Horowitz scoffs at him for worrying about them, saying that the fish have it worse than the ducks, since they have to remain in the frozen water. But even the fish, he says, are always fine, since nature takes care of them. He then urges Holden to trust nature.
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Horwitz Character Timeline in The Catcher in the Rye

The timeline below shows where the character Horwitz appears in The Catcher in the Rye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
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On his way to Ernie’s, Holden strikes up a conversation with his cab driver, Horwitz. When he asks about the ducks in the Central Park lagoon, Horwitz becomes angry at... (full context)