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Later in the evening Holden invites Sally out on a date to see a play featuring "The Lunts," a great big phony act who Holden hates but watches to kill time, though during the intermission his date meets a friend of hers and he's such a phony Holden can hardly stand being around him.After the play they do go to the ice rink however to have a good time, though Holden decides to take things seriously and overload Sally with intimate future plans which he even envites her to take part in; such as living in a cabin in the woods. The conversation ends as Sally and Holden each scold each-other for rude behaviour.
This scene is important to the story because it creates a barrier between Holden and Sally in the form of an unsure future, Holden's of course, though he's unable to firmly grasp what he wants form life other than independence. This at long last allows Holden to aknoweledge his future and begin to come to terms with his future.