While the novel focuses upon Holly Golighdy, the defining point of view is that of the unnamed narrator, whom Holly initially calls Fred because he reminds her of her brother. After the original Fred is killed in action during World War II, Holly never uses that name again, referring to the narrator only as Buster. As the frame story establishes, this is a retrospective narrative in which "Fred" recalls not only his friendship with Holly but his own introduction to New York City. Now a successful writer, he recalls his initial attempts to publish his stories— and Holly's distinct lack of enthusiasm for the type of fiction he was writing. Clearly he still feels a kind of affection for her, but he cannot completely approve of her behavior. Even in his youth, he is at heart a conformist, unwilling to flout society's rules as she does, and his reaction to Joe Bell's news suggests that he believes nothing good could have come of her careless disregard for law and convention. Yet there is a kind of kinship between these two outsiders. He also cannot resist the appeal of this free spirit; so, against his better judgment, he helps her evade the law, and—although appalled when she seems to "discard" her cat, he keeps his promise to Holly, searching until he finds the cat and knows that it at least has found a home. By discarding her cat, Holly cuts all her New York ties.
The story truly belongs to Holly Golightly, however. The card on her door identifies her...
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