The Catcher in the Rye

Holden and Phoebe

What evidence is there that Holden has mixed feelings about Phoebe growing up?

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Holden's only respite from the world is through the innocence of his little sister. He has trouble with her growing up. Where Holden is sentimental, Phoebe is realistic. She realizes how angry her father will be at Holden and refuses to listen to Holden when he tells how he will go to a ranch in Colorado. Like Carl Luce, Phoebe confronts Holden with his own immaturity and lack of direction, but this criticism goes farther. Even a nine year old child can realize that Holden needs to mature, yet Holden has not come to this revelation himself.