In chapters 11 to 12, why does Holden travel to New York City?

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Holden goes to New York in Chapter 7 after he's thrown out of school. When he leaves school, he is sad, hurt, lonely, feels abandoned by his friends, and feels guilt about hurting his mother.

Chapters 11 and 12 tell about what Holden is doing after he's arrived in New York. He goes to the lounge in his hotel and then takes a taxi to Ernie's. He tries to make friends with the cab driver, asking him to have a drink with him. These chapters continue to reflect Holden's loneliness and depression.

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