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Holden views Mr. Spencer as one of the lesser "phoney" authority figures in his life, "if you thought about him just enough and not too much, you could figure it out that he wasn’t doing too bad for himself". Still, when Holden goes to see him, he regrets his visit.
"The minute I went in, I was sort of sorry I'd come. He was reading The Atlantic Monthly, and there were pills and medicine all over the place, and everything smelled like Vicks Nose Drops. It was pretty depressing. I'm not too crazy about sick people, anyway. What made it even more depressing, old Spencer had on this very sad, ratty old bathrobe that he was probably born in or something. I don't much like to see old guys in their pajamas and bathrobes anyway."