On the Road

On the Road


Jack Kerouac

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A friend of Dean and Sal who shows up with Dean at Sal’s brother’s house in Virginia around Christmas. Ed marries Galatea before taking her west with Dean, but then he and Dean ditch Galatea in a hotel lobby. Ed continually abandons Galatea, but she remains confident that he will come back to her, and at the end of the novel they seem to have worked things out and are still together.

Ed Dunkel Quotes in On the Road

The On the Road quotes below are all either spoken by Ed Dunkel or refer to Ed Dunkel. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of On the Road published in 1999.
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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ed Dunkel Character Timeline in On the Road

The timeline below shows where the character Ed Dunkel appears in On the Road. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 1
Society, Norms, and Counterculture Theme Icon
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Along with Dean were Marylou and someone named Ed Dunkel . Sal’s family and southern relatives looked at Dean, Marylou, and Ed with confusion. Sal’s... (full context)