In The Catcher in the Rye, who is Phoeb? Describe some of the characteristics that Holden shares.

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"Phoeb" (Phoebe) is Holden Caulfield's younger sister in the J. D. Salinger novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Holden obviously cares greatly for his sister, thinking of her often during the novel and paying a late-night trip to visit her while his parents are away from home. Phoebe is 10 years old and red-headed. Like Holden, she is attractive and independent-minded; unlike Holden, she always speaks exactly what is on her mind. In many ways she is the antithesis of Holden--positive, friendly, organized (she has many notebooks, labeled by the subject), and creative (she likes to write fictional detective stories). They both enjoy visits to the zoo and the movies.

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