The Catcher in the Rye

Sally Hayes is a beautiful young woman whom Holden has dated in the past. Like Holden, Sally goes to a private school, but her school lets out for winter break earlier than Pencey, which is why she’s able to meet Holden in New York City when he calls her. Despite this invitation, though, Holden doesn’t truly respect Sally, though he finds her attractive and thus decides to spend time with her. Still, he has trouble enjoying himself when he’s in her presence, since she uses phrases that annoy him and likes things that he finds shallow and pointless. For instance, he gets frustrated with her because she likes a play that they see together on Broadway, though he also tells her on this date that he loves her—an excessive display of emotion that pours forth from him simply because he’s eager for human interaction. After the play, Sally suggests that they go ice-skating, but this outing only turns into an argument when Holden tries to explain his cynical worldview to her. Unlike him, Sally thinks that people should follow rules in life, an idea that so thoroughly upsets Holden that he calls her a “royal pain in the ass” before leaving.

Sally Hayes Quotes in The Catcher in the Rye

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Chapter 17 Quotes

Then, just to show you how crazy I am, when we were coming out of this big clinch, I told her I loved her and all. It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it. I’m crazy. I swear to God I am.

Related Characters: Holden Caulfield (speaker), Sally Hayes
Page Number: 163
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“You ought to go to a boys’ school sometime. Try it sometime,” I said. “It’s full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques.”

Related Characters: Holden Caulfield (speaker), Sally Hayes
Page Number: 170
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I said no, there wouldn’t be marvelous places to go to after I went to college and all. Open your ears. It’d be entirely different. We’d have to go downstairs in elevators with suitcases and stuff. We’d have to phone up everybody and tell ’em good-by and send ’em postcards from hotels and all…It wouldn’t be the same at all. You don’t see what I mean at all.

Related Characters: Holden Caulfield (speaker), Sally Hayes
Page Number: 172
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Sally Hayes Character Timeline in The Catcher in the Rye

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Chapter 9
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...to someone, and considers calling D.B., Phoebe (his younger sister), Jane, or another friend named Sally Hayes. He even considers calling a guy named Carl Luce, one of his classmates at... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...again about calling Jane, but decides that he isn’t in the “mood.” Instead, he calls Sally Hayes, who he thinks is the kind of person who seems intelligent and sophisticated but... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Holden goes to Broadway to buy theater tickets for his date with Sally. He despises the way everyone around him is dressed up and excited to go to... (full context)
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Holden gets tickets for him and Sally to go to a play starring several famous actors. He knows that Sally will be... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Holden has time to spare before Sally arrives, especially since she’s always late. As he waits, he looks at the many attractive... (full context)
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On the cab ride to the theater, Holden convinces Sally to “horse around” with him, though she doesn’t want to at first because—according to Holden—she... (full context)
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...it’s “on the crappy side.” The actors’ performances seem phony and conceited to him, but Sally loves it. During the first intermission, she runs into a boy she once met at... (full context)
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Holden suspects that Sally only wants to go skating because the rink gives girls a small dress to wear.... (full context)
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On edge because of the play and because of Sally’s question about Christmas Eve, Holden suddenly leans forward and asks if she ever gets fed... (full context)
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Holden tells Sally that she should try going to a boys’ school sometime, since boys’ schools are “full... (full context)
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Sally reminds Holden that they’re too young to go off on their own, insisting that they’ll... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Holden stops into a drugstore for a sandwich after leaving Sally. Once again, he goes into a phone booth and thinks about calling Jane Gallagher, wanting... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...he staggers into a phonebooth, where he thinks once more about calling Jane but calls Sally’s house instead, infuriating both Sally and her grandmother for calling so late. Unbothered by Sally’s... (full context)
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Returning to the bar after his phone conversation with Sally, Holden goes to the bathroom, fills the sink with cold water, and dunks his head... (full context)