Phoebe Caulfield , Holden’s younger sister, is the person he cares most about. Since their brother’s death, the two have developed a deeper emotional bond but they rarely see each other because Holden is away at boarding school. Furthermore, she is several years younger and her feelings are mixed because...
she knows that Holden is always in trouble. Phoebe and Holden have two powerful, long vignettes together. Either could be effectively expressed from Phoebe’s point of view.
The first of these occurs when Holden visits her in their home while their parents are away. After he wakes her up, for a while they are having a normal conversation about what she’s been up to, until she realizes that he is several days early: ”How come you’re not home Wednesday? . . . You didn’t get kicked out or anything, did you?” At this point, Phoebe begins to seem like the older of the two siblings, and she is clearly upset with her brother. This could be a good scene to tell from her perspective.
Their final scene together outside the museum and in Central Park might also be told from the younger sister’s point of view. Phoebe has lent Holden money so he can run away, but he wants to see her one last time and plans to return the money. But after he sends her a message to meet him, she shows up with a packed suitcase and says she’s going with him. “Can’t I go with you? Holden? Can’t I? Please.” Although he refuses, he agrees she can skip school and they end up at the carousel. Figuring out Phoebe’s thought processes in deciding to go with her brother, and how she might feel about their afternoon together, would offer some insights into the siblings’ relationship.