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Saturday- Holden Caulfield goes to New York City with the fencing team for a match, but on the subway, Holden loses the Team's equipment.- Afterwards, Holden buys his signature Red Hunting Hat.
The significance behind Holden's actions in these first few moments of the story are indefinately consequential. Beginning the novel in letting down his own teammates, Holden immediately distinguishes himself as a character who cares little for what people think of him. In addition to buying his Red Hunting Hat, Holden separates himself from his peers voluntarily and to his own comfort it seems. Adding to his care-less persona, these actions create the non-"phony" basis for which Holden will follow throughout the story.