The Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the rye question


"New York's terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late at night. You can hear it for miles. It makes you feel so lonesome and depressed. I kept wishing I could go home and shoot the bull for a while with old Phoebe."

What is the significance of the characterization and theme of this quote?

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This quote speaks to Holden's sense of isolation. He longs for human connection. He misses a time when he was not so depressed. Phoebe is one of the non-phony people that helps him keep his fragile connection with the world.