Chapter 2 recounts Holden's good-natured visit to his History professor Mr. Spencer which turns sour when he starts to reprimand him.
- Mr. Spencer has the "grippe", the old-fashioned term for flu.
- Life is a game
- Whooton School and Elkton Hills
- Ducks in Central Park
- Holden's exam about Egyptians
- Good luck!
When Holden shares to the reader the reason why he left his previous schools Whooton and Elkton Hills, he divulges that because he was "surrounded by phonies" and that the headmaster was a "bastard", echoing his earlier sentiments about Pencey.