The cab driver's name is Horwitz. He is a grouchy, somewhat twisted amateur zoologist, but at least he is willing to entertain Holden's inquiry about where the ducks in Central Park go in winter. Actually, Horwitz prefers to discuss the fish. He gruffly declares that the fish have a tougher time than the ducks. Fish spend the winter frozen in the ice, according to Horwitz. They take in nourishment through the pores in their bodies. His opinions are amusing, but the comic aspects of the scene depend more on the nature of the dialogue. Holden and Horwitz sound like two old antagonists who have had this discussion a hundred times before and jump on each other's lines as ancient acquaintances do when excited about a controversial topic. Salinger beautifully captures the crisp, tough conversational sounds of the city through this dialogue. Holden's aesthetics are tested at the nightclub. Despite the very late hour, Ernie's is packed, mostly
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