Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
Glass living room. At once homey and forbidding, the Glass living room is a reflection of the Glasses themselves. The house sits a story higher than the school across from it, suggesting the Glasses’ superiority in things intellectual (all the Glass children have been on the quiz show “It’s a Wise Child”). All the furniture is marred in one way or another and does not match, just as Zooey and Franny do not match. Even though it is bright and sunny, the light brings out the worst in the living room (stains from pets, for example). As wonderful as it is outside, Franny and Zooey stay inside as if trying to keep the outside world from crashing in on them.
Glass bathroom. Zooey Glass spends most of his time in the family bathroom, which also serves as a meetinghouse between Zooey and his mother. It is also where Zooey reads a letter from his older brother, Buddy, about bringing Seymour’s corpse home after Seymour has committed suicide. The room itself is not symbolic, but it serves as the template for the entire family’s feelings about Franny and the overall theme of Seymour’s death.
Seymour Glass’s bedroom. After seven years, Zooey Glass finally goes into Seymour’s bedroom for the first time. Going into this room serves as closure for Zooey and Franny, who have all put their thoughts and feelings on hold since Seymour’s death. The bedroom, which Seymour shared with his brother Buddy, is decorated with many religious sayings and thoughts, some of which Buddy writes about in his letter to Zooey. Here Zooey finds the knowledge that he has been looking for–comparing Jesus and the Fat Lady–which he shares with Franny.
Sickler’s. Manhattan restaurant frequented by the intellectual students of Princeton. Everything about the restaurant, from the table to the women’s bathroom, suggests an atmosphere in which everything is in its place, except Franny. Franny looks like she belongs to this group of people who frequent this restaurant, but her feelings are in conflict. As she sits in the bathroom, she clings to the belief that all this–the restaurant, the theater, her boyfriend Lane–is not as important as the simpler things in the book itself. She wants to give everything up and live simply, the exact opposite of how she is living now.