| Quote #7
A disquieting loneliness came into my life, but it induced no hunger for friends of longer acquaintance: they seemed now like a salt-free, sugarless diet (4.1).
The narrator's present is more exciting now that Holly's a part of it. His past no longer holds the pull it once did.
| Quote #8
"She's strictly a girl you'll read where she ends up at the bottom of a bottle of Seconals. I've seen it happen more times than you've got toes" (4.16).
Although this is O.J.'s prediction for Holly's future, it has everything to do with her past. He believes her eventual fate will come as the result of all of her prior, very bad decisions.
| Quote #9
So the days, the last days, blow about in memory, hazy, autumnal, all alike as leaves: until a day unlike any other I've lived (12.5).
The narrator's memories of his last few days with Holly fade into an indefinite picture because he's so sad at the thought of her leaving. He knows she's going to become a part of his past, not a part of his future.