Jane Gallagher is a childhood friend of Holden Caulfield's whom he knew "like a book" and had romantic feelings for.
According to Holden, Jane had a lousy childhood. Her parents were divorced, and she lived with her mother and stepfather, a "booze hound" named Mr. Cudahy whom Jane had a difficult relationship with. Holden mentions that her mother belonged to the same club that his family did.
Jane and her family moved from Cape Code to Maine in the same neighborhood as the Caulfield family. She and Holden met after her Doberman Pinscher would come over and relieve itself on the lawn of his house. Spending a rather romantic time together, he recalls how they bonded over games, books, and watching movies.
Before they went off to prep school, Jane told Holden that she might go to B.M. or Shipley, and he has not heard from her since.
The Catcher in the Rye Edit
During the night of the Saxon Hall game, Jane goes on a date with Holden's roommate Ward Stradlater. According to Stradlater, the two of them ended up in the car he had borrowed from coach Ed Banky, much to Holden's disdain.
Holden has said that he "wouldn't exactly describe [Jane] as strictly beautiful" and that she is "sort of muckle-mouth", but nonetheless finds her attractive.
According to Holden, Jane is quite fond of all athletic sports and that he taught her how to play golf. They would also often play checkers together. Holden recalls that Jane had an odd habit of not moving her Kings from the back row, because she liked the way they looked lined up at the back of the board.
Character analysis Edit
Despite not appearing in the current timeline of The Catcher in the Rye, Jane is one of the few important figures whom Holden has deep affections for.