On the Road

On the Road

Dean Moriarty Character Analysis

Having grown up with an alcoholic father and spent time growing up in and out of jail and reform school, Dean comes to New York at the beginning of the novel to learn how to write and be an intellectual. He is the catalyst that sends Sal on the road. Dean is madly enthusiastic about everything, and always willing to have a good time or go on a long trip with friends. He is a womanizer, who falls in love with women all over the country—and marries three (Marylou, Camille, and Inez). His own freedom is of utmost importance to Dean, but his obsession with his own freedom to move around and go on the road means that he neglects his responsibilities as a husband and (eventually) as a father. He abandons all three of his wives at various moments, failing to consider their feelings at all. Sal first idolizes Dean as an interesting madman and a kind of old western hero, and then sees him as a close friend and brother-figure, but by the end of the novel Dean is presented as a lonely, tragic character, almost doomed to wander the road by himself.

Dean Moriarty Quotes in On the Road

The On the Road quotes below are all either spoken by Dean Moriarty or refer to Dean Moriarty. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the road. Before that I’d often dreamed of going West to see the country, always vaguely planning and never taking off. Dean is the perfect guy for the road because he actually was born on the road, when his parents were passing through Salt Lake City in 1926, in a jalopy, on their way to Los Angeles.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Related Symbols: The Road
Page Number: 1
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In the bar I told Dean, “Hell, man, I know very well you didn’t come to me only to want to become a writer, and after all what do I really know about it except you’ve got to stick to it with the energy of a benny addict.”

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Page Number: 3
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Part 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

It was a completely meaningless set of circumstances that made Dean come, and similarly I went off with him for no reason. In New York I had been attending school and romancing around with a girl called Lucille, a beautiful Italian honey-haired darling that I actually wanted to marry. All these years I was looking for the woman I wanted to marry.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Page Number: 107
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Part 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

Just about that time a strange thing began to haunt me. it was this: I had forgotten something. There was a decision that I was about to make before Dean showed up, and now it was driven clear out of my mind but still hung on the tip of my mind’s tongue. . . . It had to do somewhat with the Shrouded Traveler. Carlo Marx and I once sat down together, knee to knee, in two chairs, facing, and I told him a dream I had about a strange Arabian figure that was pursuing me across the desert; that I tried to avoid; that finally overtook me just before I reached the Protective City. “Who is this?” said Carlo. We pondered it. I proposed it was myself, wearing a shroud. That wasn’t it. . . . Naturally, now that I look back on it, this is only death: death will overtake us before heaven.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Carlo Marx (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Related Symbols: The Shrouded Traveler
Page Number: 115
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Part 2, Chapter 5 Quotes

“I want to know what all this sitting around the house all day is intended to mean. What all this talk is and what you propose to do. Dean, why did you leave Camille and pick up Marylou?” No answer—giggles. “Marylou, why are you traveling around the country like this and what are your womanly intentions concerning the shroud?” Same answer. “Ed Dunkel, why did you abandon your new wife in Tucson and what are you doing here sitting on your big fat ass? Where’s your home? What’s your job?”

Related Characters: Carlo Marx (speaker), Dean Moriarty, Marylou, Camille, Ed Dunkel
Page Number: 120-121
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I could hear Dean, blissful and blabbering and frantically rocking. Only a guy who’s spent five years in jail can go to such maniacal helpless extremes. . . Dean had never seen his mother’s face. Every new girl, every new wife, every new child was an addition to his bleak impoverishment. Where was his father?—old bum Dean Moriarty the Tinsmith, riding freights, working as a scullion in railroad cookshacks, stumbling, down-crashing in wino alley nights, expiring on coal piles, dropping his yellowed teeth one by one in the gutters of the West. Dean had every right to die the sweet deaths of complete love of his Marylou. I didn’t want to interfere, I just wanted to follow.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty, Marylou
Page Number: 123
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Part 2, Chapter 6 Quotes

On rails we leaned and looked at the great brown father of waters rolling down from mid-America like the torrent of broken souls—bearing Montana logs and Dakota muds and Iowa vales and things that had drowned in Three Forks, where the secret began in ice. Smoky New Orleans receded on one side; old, sleepy Algiers with its warped woodsides bumped us on the other. Negroes were working in the hot afternoon, stoking the ferry furnaces that burned red and made our tires smell. Dean dug them, hopping up and down in the heat.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Page Number: 131
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Part 2, Chapter 9 Quotes

Suddenly Dean was saying good-by. He was bursting to see Camille and find out what had happened. Marylou and I stood dumbly in the street and watched him drive away. “You see what a bastard he is?” said Marylou. “Dean will leave you out in the cold any time it’s in his interest.”

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Marylou (speaker), Dean Moriarty, Camille
Page Number: 159
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Part 3, Chapter 2 Quotes

I looked at him; my eyes were watering with embarrassment and tears. Still he stared at me. now his eyes were blank and looking through me. It was probably the pivotal point of our friendship when he realized I had actually spend some hours thinking about him and his troubles, and he was trying to place that in his tremendously involved and tormented mental categories.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Page Number: 178
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Part 3, Chapter 11 Quotes

All the cigarette butts, the bottles, the matchbooks, the come and the gone were swept up into this pile. Had they taken me with it, Dean would have never seen me again. He would have had to roam the entire United States and look in every garbage pail from coast to coast before he found me embryonically convoluted among the rubbishes of my life, his life, and the life of everybody concerned and not concerned.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Page Number: 233
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Part 4, Chapter 1 Quotes

Whenever spring comes to New York I can’t stand the suggestions of the land that come blowing over the river from New Jersey and I’ve got to go. So I went. For the first time in our lives I said good-by to Dean in New York and left him there.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Related Symbols: The Road
Page Number: 237
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Dean took out other pictures. I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered, stabilized-within-the-photo lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless nightmare road.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Page Number: 241
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Part 4, Chapter 2 Quotes

Suddenly I had a vision of Dean, a burning shuddering frightful Angel, palpitating toward me across the road, approaching like a cloud, with enormous speed, pursuing me like the Shrouded Traveler on the plain, bearing down on me. I saw his huge face over the plains with the mad, bony purpose and the gleaming eyes; I saw his wings; I saw his old jalopy chariot with thousands of sparking flames shooting out from it; I saw the path it burned over the road; it even made its own road and went over the corn, through cities, destroying bridges, drying rivers. It came like wrath to the West. I knew Dean had gone mad again.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Related Symbols: The Shrouded Traveler
Page Number: 246-247
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Part 4, Chapter 5 Quotes

Behind us lay the whole of America and everything Dean and I had previously known about life, and life on the road. We had finally found the magic land at the end of the road and we never dreamed the extent of the magic.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Related Symbols: The Road
Page Number: 264
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Part 4, Chapter 6 Quotes

And he was gone. Twelve hours later in my sorrowful fever I finally came to understand that he was gone. . . When I got better I realized what a rat he was, but then I had to understand the impossible complexity of his life, how he had to leave me there, sick, to get on with his wives and woes.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Page Number: 288
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Part 5, Chapter 1 Quotes

So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sense all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast, and all that road going, all the people dreaming in the immensity of it, and in Iowa I know by now the children must be crying the land where they let the children cry, and tonight the stars’ll be out, and don’t you know that God is Pooh Bear? the evening star must be drooping and shedding her sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what’s going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old, I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty.

Related Characters: Sal Paradise (speaker), Dean Moriarty
Related Symbols: The Road
Page Number: 293
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Dean Moriarty Character Timeline in On the Road

The timeline below shows where the character Dean Moriarty appears in On the Road. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1
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Sal Paradise recalls how his “life on the road” began when he met Dean Moriarty, shortly after splitting up with his wife. He had learned of Dean through his... (full context)
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Dean arrived in New York City with his new wife Marylou, and Sal paid him a... (full context)
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Dean asked Chad King to teach him how to write and Chad told him to ask... (full context)
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Dean and Sal went to get drinks and Sal agreed to let Dean stay with him... (full context)
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According to Sal, while out west before coming to New York, Dean had spent “a third of his time in the poolhall, a third in jail, and... (full context)
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Dean and Carlo hit it off right away and Sal ended up following them as they... (full context)
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In the spring, many of Sal’s friends—including Dean—took trips out west. Dean, Carlo, and Sal took a picture together before Dean left, and... (full context)
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Sal says that he went after Dean partly because he reminded him of a kind of long-lost brother. He says all his... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3
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...Iowa, but says he was in a hurry to get to Denver, where Carlo Marx, Dean, and Chad King were, as well as other friends. Sal continued hitchhiking, and soon met... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6
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...Chad came and picked Sal up. Sal learned that Chad had stopped being friends with Dean for some reason, and didn’t know where he was. Chad also wasn’t speaking with Carlo... (full context)
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...of a dispute between Chad King (and some other friends), on the one hand, and Dean and Carlo on the other. According to Sal, this dispute had “social overtones,” as Dean... (full context)
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Dean and Carlo had a basement apartment, where Sal would later spend “many a night that... (full context)
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Sal continued to wonder where Dean was, until one day he received a call from Carlo Marx. Carlo told him that... (full context)
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Carlo told Sal that he and Dean were attempting to “communicate with absolute honesty,” while sitting on a bed facing each other,... (full context)
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Carlo informs Sal of Dean’s schedule: he is with Marylou during the day while Carlo works, then goes to his... (full context)
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Carlo and Sal went to the house where Dean and Camille were. Carlo knocked on the door, then hid, not wanting Camille to see... (full context)
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Sal, Dean, and Carlo took off into the city. The trio went to a house where some... (full context)
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...a call from Eddie, who happened to be in town and was looking for work. Dean took Sal and Eddie to “the markets,” where the two found jobs—Sal didn’t show up... (full context)
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...called the Rockies “papier-mâché,” and “the whole universe was crazy and cock-eyed and extremely strange.” Dean then arrived and announced that he was all set to divorce Marylou and marry Camille. (full context)
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Dean and Carlo sat down cross-legged on Carlo’s bed, stared at each other, and talked: “they... (full context)
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Sal went to some bars and then returned to the party. He wished Dean and Carlo were with him, but then realized they would probably be out of place... (full context)
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...came back to Denver, he found Carlo and was surprised to learn that Carlo and Dean had also been in Central City, going around to different bars. Dean then stole a... (full context)
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...Rawlins, and Tim Gray. He wandered around Denver for a few days, unable to find Dean or Carlo. Sal says that he simply “had to go.” He finally found Carlo and... (full context)
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Sal went to the bus station and bought a ticket to San Francisco. Dean called Sal right before he left and said that he and Carlo would join Sal... (full context)
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...had to leave the city or else he’d go crazy. He wrote to Carlo and Dean, and they sent replies that they were going to meet him in San Francisco. (full context)
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...He went to visit his brother in Testament, Virginia for Christmas, 1948, and wrote to Dean to tell him where he’d be. While sitting around his brother’s house with relatives, a... (full context)
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Along with Dean were Marylou and someone named Ed Dunkel. Sal’s family and southern relatives looked at Dean,... (full context)
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Sal learned that Dean had lived with Camille in San Francisco and had a daughter. He worked on the... (full context)
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...Galatea kept wanting to sleep at hotels, which drained all their money, so Ed and Dean “gave her the slip in a hotel lobby.” (full context)
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Dean felt a desire to see Marylou again, so he drove to Denver and found her.... (full context)
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Dean danced inside to a jazz record, to the dismay of Sal’s southern relatives. Sal says... (full context)
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Dean then suddenly sped away and asked Sal where Carlo was. Dean thought that “this was... (full context)
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Dean saw a black woman and said, “Dig her, ...that little gone black lovely. Ah! Hmm!”... (full context)
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Sal, Dean, Marylou, and Ed took off at night for Paterson, New Jersey. They sped along and... (full context)
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Sal says that he went with Dean “for no reason.” He had been seeing a woman named Lucille in New York and... (full context)
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Sal, Ed, Dean, and Marylou went to Sal’s house in Paterson and slept there. The next day, Sal... (full context)
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Sal got another call from Camille, in San Francisco, looking for Dean. Dean called her back, while Sal called Carlo Marx and told him to come over.... (full context)
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Dean and Sal drove Carlo back into New York and then drove back down to Virginia... (full context)
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Dean went on and on about his strange ideas and beliefs. Sal says that “these were... (full context)
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...Ed and Marylou smoking cigarettes in his aunt’s house, not having eaten since Sal and Dean left. Sal’s aunt bought some groceries and cooked everyone “a tremendous breakfast.” (full context)
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Dean and Sal were looking for a place to live in Manhattan as New Year’s Eve... (full context)
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...Lucille to one and she told him she didn’t like him when he was around Dean. Marylou flirted with Sal and told him that Dean was going to go back to... (full context)
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...“a great scholar,” whose “excitement blew out of his eyes in stabs of fiendish light.” Dean loved Rollo. (full context)
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During their weekend of partying, Sal and Dean went to hear a jazz pianist play. Dean was ecstatic at the music and referred... (full context)
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...his aunt’s house to rest. His aunt told him he was wasting his time with Dean, but Sal wanted to “take one more magnificent trip to the West Coast.” He says... (full context)
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Before Sal, Dean, Marylou, and Ed left, Carlo talked to them in his apartment and asked what they... (full context)
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One day, Dean asked Sal for a favor. In a “hoodlum bar,” he asked Sal to “work Marylou,”... (full context)
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Sal couldn’t go through with it while Dean was watching, so he asked Dean to go into the other room. Sal whispered to... (full context)
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Sal, Dean, Marylou, and Ed all felt good getting on the road again. Sal felt as though... (full context)
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As they drove toward New Orleans, Dean told Marylou that they had to live together in San Francisco, where he’d be home... (full context)
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The police charged Dean a 25 dollar fee. When Dean protested, they threatened to take him to jail. Dean... (full context)
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Dean picked up a bum in Virginia named Hyman Solomon, who said he went around to... (full context)
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...Testament, Virginia, Solomon said that he could “hustle up a few dollars,” and then join Dean and everyone for a ride to Alabama. But, when Solomon left to go get some... (full context)
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Dean picked up another hitchhiker and then dropped him off in North Carolina. Sal drove along... (full context)
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Dean began “telling his life story,” and told everyone how he lost his virginity at age... (full context)
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As they drove into the city, Dean pointed at various women and yelled, “Oh I love, love, love women!” He saw “Negroes...working... (full context)
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...who had discovered that Bull had seven personalities. Sal describes Bull as a teacher: he, Dean, and Carlo had all learned from him. (full context)
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Sal and Dean wanted to go out for a night on the town in New Orleans, but Bull... (full context)
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Sal, Dean, and Bull took a ferry into New Orleans. Sal watched as “the river poured down... (full context)
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The next day, Dean was helping Bull salvage a piece of wood for a shelf. As he practiced throwing... (full context)
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Back at Bull’s place, Sal, Dean, and Ed played basketball and then “turned to feats of athletic prowess.” Then, Sal, Dean,... (full context)
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Sal, Dean, and Marylou drove out of New Orleans, along the Mississippi River. They stopped at a... (full context)
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They drove through some swampy land. Dean hoped they’d find a “jazzjoint...with great big black fellas moanin guitar blues.” They soon found... (full context)
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...mud to avoid a car coming at them on the wrong side of the road. Dean and Sal had to get the car unstuck out of the mud, and ended up... (full context)
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In Sonora, Sal stole more food. Dean kept talking nonsense, and drove them toward El Paso. At one point, he stopped and... (full context)
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After a while, they parked the car and Marylou and Dean had sex while Sal slept. They drove onward to Clint, Texas, the home of a... (full context)
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Dean came back and they sped out of El Paso, planning to pick up some hitchhikers... (full context)
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Dean picked up a young hitchhiker, but the hitchhiker had no money. Sal said he could... (full context)
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...friend Hal Hingham, a writer who had moved to Arizona to write in peace. Sal, Dean, and Marylou ate a meal at Hal’s place, and then Hal leant Sal five dollars.... (full context)
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...group picked up a hitchhiker (a musician) and drove down a mountain pass into California. Dean told Sal all about his times in California as they drove past different places. When... (full context)
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...a hotel that let them stay on a room on credit. Sal “lost faith” in Dean, who had abandoned him, and says he had “the beatest time of my life” in... (full context)
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Dean finally found Sal in this state and brought him to his house with Camille. Sal... (full context)
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Sal and Dean saw Slim Gaillard, a black jazz musician, perform in a nightclub. Dean loved the performance... (full context)
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On the last night before leaving San Francisco, Sal went out with Dean. Dean found Marylou and the three of them went all over the city, “hitting Negro... (full context)
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...Mexican, pure Indian,” all playing softball. Sal felt sad and thought the pitcher looked like Dean, while a woman watching the game looked like Marylou. (full context)
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Dean answered the front door completely naked and welcomed Sal inside, where they talked. Camille was... (full context)
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Dean filled Sal in on what had been happening in San Francisco. Dean had “gone crazy... (full context)
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Dean barged into Marylou’s apartment with a gun and gave it to her, telling her to... (full context)
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Dean told Sal about all the medicines he had to take because of his thumb and... (full context)
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The next morning, Camille came into the house, saw Dean and Sal with another friend, and threw Dean out of the house. As Camille and... (full context)
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Dean was still his enthusiastic self after getting thrown out, but Sal saw how badly Dean... (full context)
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Dean and Sal went to a bar to plan their trip. Dean wanted to go to... (full context)
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...would come back to her. Sal “got to like” Galatea, so she went out with Dean, Sal, and a girl named Marie for a night on the town. (full context)
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Galatea criticized Dean for leaving Camille, and Sal tried to defend him. Galatea scolded Dean for traveling east... (full context)
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The group went out to hear some jazz music and had a great time. Dean and Sal got one jazz musician to join them and hang out with them. They... (full context)
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Dean and Sal went around to different bars and ended up drinking with “a colored guy... (full context)
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Dean had a friend who lived with his father in a hotel room, and they ended... (full context)
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Sal and Dean hitched a ride along with a tourist couple out of San Francisco with “a tall,... (full context)
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In Sacramento, the driver bought a hotel room and invited Sal and Dean up to the room. He propositioned them, and Dean tried to get him to give... (full context)
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Sal tried to assure the passengers that Dean was a good driver, but they insisted on someone else driving the rest of the... (full context)
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In Denver, Dean made a comment in a restaurant about Sal getting older, which upset Sal. Referring to... (full context)
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...husband had run off, was called Frankie. She was about to buy a truck, and Dean tried to help her choose one to buy, but she backed out in the end,... (full context)
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One night, Dean arranged for his cousin Sam to meet up with Sal and him. Dean told Sal... (full context)
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When Sam arrived, he told Dean he didn’t drink anymore and said that he only came so that Sal would sign... (full context)
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Sam left and Dean and Sal went to a carnival, where they spotted “one amazing little girl,” amid a... (full context)
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The next afternoon, Dean and Sal walked around Denver. Dean walked into a sports store and stole a softball,... (full context)
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Across the field behind Frankie’s house lived “a beautiful young chick” that Dean was interested in, and as Dean and Sal kept drinking, Dean would periodically run across... (full context)
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Sal, Dean, and Frankie prepared to go out drinking in Denver that night. Sal got a call... (full context)
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The next morning, Dean was worried because his fingerprints were all over the stolen car, which he realized belonged... (full context)
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Dean picked up a waitress, whom he convinced that the Cadillac was his. He drove off... (full context)
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Dean told Sal that he wanted to stop at Ed Wall’s ranch on the way to... (full context)
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Dean went to get help from a nearby farmer, who towed the car out of the... (full context)
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At last, they got to Ed Wall’s ranch. Sal says that Ed was like “Dean’s older brother.” Ed’s wife cooked a large meal for everyone. Dean tried to convince Ed... (full context)
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As they continued driving, Dean and Sal admired the car. Dean said that with this car they could drive all... (full context)
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Dean drove past some hobos on the side of the road and thought if his father... (full context)
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Later on, Dean got pulled over by a policeman, who said the man they rear-ended claimed that he... (full context)
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Dean and Sal shaved and showered at a local YMCA and then drove around in the... (full context)
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...describes some of his favorite jazz musicians. They saw a musician named George Shearing, and Dean said that Shearing was God. After their crazy night, Sal and Dean returned the car... (full context)
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Dean and Sal got on a bus to Detroit. Dean fell asleep and Sal talked with... (full context)
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Dean says he almost got swept up with the garbage in the theater by some attendants... (full context)
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Dean and Sal wandered around Detroit and finally found a man who offered to drive them... (full context)
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About five days later, Dean met a woman named Inez at a party and fell for her. He called Camille... (full context)
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...spring came, he felt the need to go. He decided to leave New York without Dean, who was working at a parking garage and living with Inez. Sal realized that he... (full context)
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One night, Sal and Dean were talking and Dean said it wouldn’t be so bad if they ended up as... (full context)
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Sal told Dean that he hoped they’d grow old together with their families, living on the same street,... (full context)
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...to jazz in Denver. Sal was preparing to go to Mexico when he learned that Dean was on his way to Denver. (full context)
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Sal imagined Dean traveling west like “a burning shuddering frightful angel...pursuing me like the Shrouded Traveler.” He figured... (full context)
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When Dean arrived, Sal was at Babe Rawlins’ house. Babe’s mother was out of town, so her... (full context)
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The group went from party to party, getting “fumingly drunk.” Dean and Sal drove around and Sal started to get excited for their trip south to... (full context)
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...not to go. Sal realized that Stan was “fleeing his grandfather” for some reason. Sal, Dean, and Stan got in Dean’s car and took off, headed for Mexico. (full context)
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They drove through Texas, as Dean and Sal told Stan about books they had read and Stan talked about his travels... (full context)
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While Stan went to a hospital, Dean and Sal went to a pool hall and got excited about Mexico. They drove off,... (full context)
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...being in Mexico and drove further south, into a desert. Sal says that he and Dean “had the whole of Mexico before us.” (full context)
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They got back on the road and headed toward Monterrey. Dean said he was high off the Mexican sun. He kept driving through Monterrey for Mexico... (full context)
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...to the car and Victor rolled a huge joint, which everyone (including Victor’s brothers) smoked. Dean and Sal liked Victor and his brothers, though they couldn’t understand what they were talking... (full context)
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Sal says that Dean looked like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and like God. Victor brought over his baby son to... (full context)
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Dean, Sal, and Stan danced with the prostitutes, and then went off with different ones. Sal... (full context)
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...back to sleep and then had a vision of a wild white horse galloping toward Dean. In the morning, Dean said he also dreamed of a white horse. (full context)
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Dean, Sal, and Stan started driving through the jungle again, seeing all sorts of gigantic bugs.... (full context)
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Dean guessed about the girl’s life, how she would never know anything of the “outside world,”... (full context)
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Sal says that Dean drove back through Gregoria all the way to Louisiana before the car broke down and... (full context)
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...He and the girl, named Laura, planned to go to San Francisco and Sal wrote Dean to tell him, but then Dean ended up coming to New York. (full context)
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Dean told Sal things were good between Camille and him, and that he wanted Inez to... (full context)
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Sal says that the last time he saw Dean was “under sad and strange circumstances.” Remi Boncoeur happened to be in New York, and... (full context)
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Dean asked to ride uptown with Sal as far as Penn Station, but Remi refused, so... (full context)