Holden4 - Holden's 10-year-old sister, Phoebe, is bright,...

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Unformatted text preview: Holden's 10-year-old sister, Phoebe, is bright, pretty, mature beyond her years, sane, and his most trusted link to family. She has red hair and is "roller-skate skinny," a metaphor that, Salinger seems to be saying, is like jazz; you either understand it when you hear it, or you never will. Phoebe's favorite movie is the Hitchcock film The 39 Steps (1935); she has committed the dialogue to memory. She is successful in school, her best course being spelling. She is the one who corrects Holden concerning the words to the Robert Burns poem that is the source of the novel's title. In her spare time, she writes fiction featuring a girl detective, an orphan named Hazle Weatherfield. Phoebe later adopts "Weatherfield" as her own middle name. She likes elephants and has red ones on her blue pajamas. She studies belching with a friend named Phyllis; her best friend, Alice, is teaching Phoebe to induce...
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