After getting drunk and making a nostalgic visit to Central Park Holden sneaks home and sees Phobe, with whom he has a long, intimate talk. Phoebe is distressed by his negativism and challenges him to mention just one thing he would like to be. It is then that Holden tells her about his ideal of being the catcher in the rye, even though Phoebe correct his misinterpretation of Burn's poem. Holden decided to see his former English teacher, Mr. Antolini, calls him, and sneaks out of his parents' apartment. He spends the night at the home of Mr. Antolini, who is last refuge because he thinks of him as the nearest thing to a non-phoney adult. Mr. Antolini succeeds in establishing contact with Holden, calms him down and gives him some practical advice, urging him towards a less egostistical and more constructive idealism. But everything is ruined when, after Holden has relaxed and gone to sleep, he is awakened by Mr. Antolini's patting him on the forehead, which he takes for a homosexual pass. Confused and frightened, Holden rushes out of the house, not knowing where to go. For a time he just wanders about, realizing that his nerves are going to pieces and feeling utterly dejected. He decides to say goodbye to Phoebe before going out West. Meeting his sister, he is deeply moved by her affection and loyalty. He is overcome by love for her and and for all people, and he knows he cannot leave. After going back to his parents he is taken to a rest home for psychological treatment. He recovers and tells about the experiences of these two dramatic days, which have taught him that he loves everyone he has ever known, 'even that goddam Maurice'.