The Catcher in the Rye

Mr. Antolini Character Analysis

Holden's former English teacher, now an instructor at New York University. Mr. Antolini is one of the few adults Holden respects, and one of the few who is willing to both engage with Holden and yet also not to let Holden get away with any of his tricks. He warns Holden that Holden is headed for a "terrible fall."

Mr. Antolini Quotes in The Catcher in the Rye

The The Catcher in the Rye quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Antolini or refer to Mr. Antolini. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown edition of The Catcher in the Rye published in 2001.
Chapter 24 Quotes
This fall I think you're riding for — it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement's designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn't supply them with. So they gave up looking.
Related Characters: Mr. Antolini (speaker), Holden Caulfield
Page Number: 243
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Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score... Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them—if you want to.
Related Characters: Mr. Antolini (speaker), Holden Caulfield
Page Number: 246
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Mr. Antolini Character Timeline in The Catcher in the Rye

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Antolini appears in The Catcher in the Rye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 22
Alienation and Meltdown Theme Icon
Holden thinks about calling up Mr. Antolini , his former English teacher at Elkton Hills. (full context)
Chapter 23
Phoniness Theme Icon
Alienation and Meltdown Theme Icon
Childhood and Growing Up Theme Icon
Madness, Depression, Suicide Theme Icon
Holden calls Mr. Antolini . Upset that Holden has been expelled from another school, Mr. Antolini invites Holden to... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Mr. Antolini has just had a party, and his apartment is full of glasses and dishes. Yet... (full context)
Phoniness Theme Icon
Alienation and Meltdown Theme Icon
Childhood and Growing Up Theme Icon
Mr. Antolini questions Holden about his expulsion from Pencey and tells Holden that his father is very... (full context)
Phoniness Theme Icon
Alienation and Meltdown Theme Icon
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Madness, Depression, Suicide Theme Icon
After Mrs. Antolini brings coffee and heads to bed, Mr. Antolini says he's worried that Holden is heading for a "terrible fall" that will result in... (full context)
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Holden does his best to listen, but eventually his tiredness makes him yawn. Mr. Antolini makes his bed, and Holden falls asleep. (full context)
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Women and Sex Theme Icon
Madness, Depression, Suicide Theme Icon
Suddenly Holden wakes. He feels Mr. Antolini 's hand brushing his forehead. Mr. Antolini says he was just "admiring" Holden, but Holden... (full context)
Chapter 25
Alienation and Meltdown Theme Icon
Madness, Depression, Suicide Theme Icon
...bench. He says he never felt more depressed than at this moment. He thinks about Mr. Antolini and wonders if he possibly misunderstood his intentions. (full context)