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It is in the early hours of Monday morning when Ho

ryelden returns
Grand Central Station. He decides to sleep on one of the benches
in the waiting room because he has nowhere else to go. He
wakes around nine, as the hustle and bustle of the working day
begins. He thinks about the night before and the incident with
Mr. Antolini; he wonders if he has misinterpreted Antolinis
touch. Disturbed by these though, he tries to think of something
else. He reads a magazine someone has left behind. It is some
kind of health magazine, however, and Holden gets more
depressed, certain he has cancer and is dying.
Holden decides to go out and buy himself an inexpensive
breakfast. He does not want to spend too much of Phoebes
money. Since his stomach is upset, he just drinks coffee. He
leaves the train station and walks out to Fifth Avenue. All around
him, people seem to be in the Christmas spirit, which is
depressing to Holden. He begins to imagine he is disappearing,
becoming invisible. He thinks the distance it takes to cross the
street keeps growing and fears he will never reach the other side;
it is like a death dream. He then begins to talk to his dead
brother, asking him to help him cross the street. Each time
Holden makes it across another street, he thanks Allie.
After a while, Holden sits down on a bench to formulate a plan
of action. He decides he will hitchhike “way out west”. However,
he decides to meet Phoebe one last time and say good-bye. He
goes to her school and delivers a note asking her to meet him in
the Metropolitan Museum of Art for lunch. Since he has nothing
else to do, he goes to the museum to wait.
While Holden waits, he meets two young boys and helps them
locate the display of Egyptian mummies. The tomb-like structure
makes Holden ill, and he goes to the bathroom and faints. Once
he revives, he goes out to wait for Phoebe. She is twenty minutes
late, but she is no longer mad. In fact, she shows up with a
suitcase, announcing her intention to go with Holden. He scolds
her and tells her no, which makes her sulk. Finally, Holden
convinces her he will not leave. He takes her to the zoo, and they
end up at the carousel. Holden watches as she rides the carousel
over and over, bringing the action of the novel to an end.
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