A Mexican woman with a small child who has fled her abusive husband. Sal meets Teresa on a bus to Los Angeles and the two forge a connection immediately. They sleep together in L.A., and plan to hitchhike to New York together, but then decide to work in rural California to save money for a bus to New York. Sal lives with Teresa for a while and the two seem to care about each other a great deal, but Sal eventually gets restless and leaves her behind in order to head to New York by himself.
The timeline below shows where the character Teresa appears in On the Road. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 13