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Catcher in the Rye

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Phoebe's Comment

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In chapter 22, Holden becomes "even more depressed" while talking to Phoebe.

"Why the hell do you have to say that?" Holden asks, subsequent to Phoebe saying, "You don't like anything that's happening!"

Holden most likely reacts this way because

A

Phoebe's comment reveals that not even she ”the person who is closest to him” understands Holden.

B

Phoebe's remark to Holden is both offensive and innacurate; her comment depresses Holden because it indicates that Phoebe can be spiteful.

C

Holden knows that Phoebe's assessment of him is correct and he does not want to confront his problems nor reevaluate his view of the world.

D

Phoebe's remark was made in a snobby and affected tone, which Holden has not heard her use before; what she says depresses Holden because her actual demeanor clashes with his innocent image of her.

E

Phoebe's comment, and the way she says it, sounds to Holden like something that Allie would say; this depresses Holden because it reminds him yet again that Allie is dead.