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.
The Museum of Natural History Quotes in The Catcher in the Rye
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Chapter 16 Quotes
The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and their pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.
Related Characters: Holden Caulfield (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Museum of Natural History
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The Museum of Natural History Symbol Timeline in The Catcher in the Rye
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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)