Holden1 - Holden's reflection on his cowardice and inept...

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Unformatted text preview: Holden's reflection on his cowardice and inept fighting ability foreshadows events in the next chapter. He realizes that he is more likely to attack someone verbally. What frightens him most in such a conflict is having to look at the other fellow's face. As he waits for the prostitute, Holden passes time by brushing his teeth and changing his shirt. He confesses to being "a little nervous" and admits that he is still a virgin. The truth is that Holden, at age 16, seems to be what we might call a "good kid." When he is making out with a girl and she asks him to stop, he stops. "No" means no for Holden. He is interested in sex, but he doesn't quite understand how to get there. What he learns with Sunny is that he prefers not to get there with a prostitute. The whole scene is depressing rather than erotic for Holden. He has to get to know a girl, and like her a lot, before he is depressing rather than erotic for Holden....
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