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After that phony Stradlater and me fought I left that Pencey, what a madman school. And with a goddam grin I headed for New York.
The significance in these two scenes is that of Holden's confidence, seemingly nonexistent in previous chapters, Holden unleashes his personality in his last moments at Pencey.When he arrives at New York however he wonders immediately what happens to the ducks in Central Park, representing the change that he's undergoing as he leaves Pencey and enters New York, both changes temporary but drastic in their nature.
Now I just wonder where those ducks go during the winter, just thinking about it's making me all depressed and lonesome..
After leaving Pencey for good, Holden heads off for New York to spend the next few days before going home.Gets in a cab to get there, and the first thing he wonders is where the ducks in Central Park go when their pond freezes over..