1.Holden begins his story at Pencey Prep, an exclusive private
school in (fictional) Agerstown, Pennsylvania, on the Saturday afternoon of the
traditional football game with rival school Saxon Hall. Unfortunately, Holden
ends up missing the game. As manager of the fencing team, he loses their
equipment on a New York City subway train that morning, resulting in the
cancellation of a match. He goes to the home of his History teacher named Mr.
Spencer. Holden has been expelled and isn't to return after Christmas break,
which begins the following Wednesday. Spencer is a well-meaning but long-winded
middle-aged man. To Holden's annoyance, Spencer reads aloud Holden's History
paper, in which Holden wrote a note to Spencer so his teacher wouldn't feel bad
about failing him in the subject.