The lunatic is Legion, so-called because he is possessed by a legion of demons, who force him to live apart and injure himself. Jesus calls the demons out, and they possess instead a herd of 2,000 pigs who promptly drown themselves. Quite a few innocent pig farmers were ruined by divine intervention that day.
There is a parallel to Holden's own demons and disconnection.
See panoramic views of West Point and the surrounding area.
Cadets have fun too:
New York City's much tonier rail hub, transformed in a recent restoration into an upscale dining and shopping center. In Holden's time it hadn't yet begun its decline.
Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Freud, developed the theory of the inferiority complex, relating to poor self-esteem and its effects on human health.
Listen on Spotify: Onward Christian Soldiers performed by the Salvation Army.
During the Christmas period they collect money on the street (dressed in uniform) by standing outside stores and ringing a bell.
This isn't a real record, although the singer Estelle Fletcher was real. Holden says she sings it "very Dixieland and whorehouse." Dixieland is a form of jazz incorporating blues, ragtime and brass band marches.
Listen on Spotify:
This is the first time Holden misquotes the song, based on a poem by Robert Burns:
Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro' the rye,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need a body cry?
This was an actual show, staged on Broadway in 1949-50, starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne (who were married).
New York Herald Tribune New Service article from October 29th 1949, featuring an interview with the Lunts.
Roller skates at that time were metal brackets worn over your shoes. They needed to be tightened around the shoe with a skate key.
Holden describes the Great Canoe in the Indian room, which had 17 life-size figures of Native Americans, including a "witch doctor" at the rear of the canoe.
The canoe has since been refurbished, and hangs in the 77th Street lobby. The figures have been moved to storage.
And here they are, sneaking a look...