How is Holden himself guilty of being a phony in The Catcher in the Rye?

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When Holden makes plans to meet Luce at a bar, he is a phony from the start, standing up at the bar to look taller so nobody will think he is a minor. Having done this phony thing, he remarks, deadpan:

Then, I watched the phonies for a while.

It is a comic moment.

Holden is at the bar because he feels an urgent need to talk to Luce, a Student Advisor at his old boarding school, Whooton, about sex, as Luce, though only a few years older than Holden, is knowledgable. However, when Luce comes, Holden puts on a show. He doesn't tell Luce that he is still a virgin, which of course makes an honest conversation impossible. Instead, he end up suggesting he has had sex, saying:

So do I regard it [sex] as a wuddayacallit—a physical and spiritual experience and all. I really do. But it depends on who the hell I'm doing it with. If I'm doing it with somebody I don't even—

Holden wants advice on his sex life but is unable to be open about it. This is because he feels insecure around Luce. He even...

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