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  • The end, when Holden realizes that he can't hold onto the freedom of childhood forever, and that he has to let Phoebe grow up, regardless of the inevitable onset of 'Phoniness'. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
    “I felt so damn happy all of a sudden, the way all Phoebe kept going around and around. I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the truth. I don't know why. It was just that she looked so damn nice, the way she kept going around and around, in her blue coat and all. God, I wish you could've been there.”
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  • When Holden goes back to his apartment and dances with Phoebe while their parents aren't home.
  • Holden may be of questionable morality, but he truly loved some people.
    • His deceased brother's death got to him so much that he punched every single window in the garage. The narration describing their interactions helps.
    • Look above. Phoebe, his smart-for-her-age kid sister.
    • Jane, his childhood friend. Their interactions in the past are adorable, especially when Holden comforts her about her alcoholic father. Shame they don't get together, but she's still in town...
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