Hey, do you know where the ducks go to in the winter when the lake freezes up?
Holden gets into a cab and asks the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park fly to in the winter. The cab driver gets annoyed and drops Holden off at a Hotel. This shows the symbolism of the ducks and the of ''Loss of Innocence'', the pain of growing up. This is a theme for Holden because he wonders where he will be or what he will do when he's older
Holden is concerned with the fate of the ducks in Central Park during the winter. Holden feels a kinship with the ducks, because it seems like they have nowhere to go, much in the way Holden feels lost in this world where he can’t seem to connect with anyone else. One promising thing about the ducks though is that they return every year. This seems promising for Holden’s future after his stint in the institution.