What is the importance of Holden's confrontation with Mr. Spencer?

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Mr. Spencer is the only adult that Holden admits to actually liking. He respects Spencer to the point that he goes out of his way to stop and see Mr. Spencer before leaving. Holden is extremely (!!) disappointed when his final conversation with Mr. Spencer is a standard adult lecture, one of the things Holden is running away from. What, exactly, Holden was expecting to get out of this conversation is questionable, but he certainly didn't want to be told the same stuff everyone else was telling him. This conversation with Mr. Spencer is a microscope example of Holden's life in general. He wants everyone to be as different as he is, especially his role models, but he's learning that the adult world just doesn't work that way.

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