On the Road

JACK KEROUAC
Level 5

Retold by John Escott
Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter

Pearson Education Limited Contents
Edinburgh Gate, Harlow,
Essex CM20 2JE, England
and Associated Companies throughout the world.

ISBN-13: 978-0-582-40265-2
ISBN-10: 0-582-40265-4 Introduction v
First published in the United States of America by the Viking Press, Inc. 1957 Chapter 1 How It All Began 1
First published in Great Britain by Andre Deutsch 1958
Published by Penguin Books 1972 Chapter 2 Halfway across America 4
This edition first published 1999
Fifth impression 2006 Chapter 3 The Greatest Ride of My Life 6
Original copyright © Jack Kerouac 1955,4957 Chapter 4 The Rocky Mountains 9
Text copyright © Penguin Books 1999
All rights reserved Chapter 5 Out on the Street 11
Chapter 6 The Cost of Living 14
Typeset by Digital Type, London
Set in ll/14pt Bembo Chapter 7 Love in LA 20
Printed in China
SWTC/05
Chapter 8 Dean's Story 26
Chapter 9 On the Road Again 29
Chapter 10 Driving South 32
Chapter 11 Journey to San Francisco 38
Chapter 12 Goodbyes 42
Published by Pearson Education Limited in association with
Penguin Books Ltd, both companies being subsidiaries of Pearson Plc
Chapter 13 Back in San Francisco 44
Chapter 14 The Road Is Life 48
Chapter 15 Driving East 52
Chapter 16 Together Again in Denver 58
Chapter 17 Across the Rio Grande 62
Chapter 18 Mexico City 66
Chapter 19 The Last Goodbye 68
Activities 71
For a complete list of titles available in the Penguin Readers series please write to your local
Pearson Education office or to: Penguin Readers Marketing Department, Pearson Education,
Edinburgh Gate, Harlow, Essex CM20 2JE.

Introduction

But all the crazy things that were going to happen began then. It would
mix up all my friends, and all I had left of my family, in a big dust cloud
over the American Night.

Love, jazz, and wild times are all part of Sal Paradise's adventures
in On the Road, the story of his travels across the United States
with his strange friend Dean Moriarty, "the perfect guy for the
road," and their crazy companions. Around the late 1940s it was
common for rich people who wanted their cars to be driven
long distances to look for drivers. These were people who were
going to the same destination but did not have the money for
plane, bus, or train tickets. The drivers then found passengers to
share the cost of the gas. This gave a lot of young people, like Sal
and Dean, the opportunity to travel.

Jack Kerouac was born in the north-east of the United States in
1922 and died in 1969 at the age of 47. He wrote his first novel
at eleven and at seventeen he decided to become a writer. A year
later he began traveling after reading about the life of Jack
London, another famous North American who wrote about life
in the great outdoors.
During his short life, Kerouac produced many novels, plays,
and books of poetry. However, he is best known for his road
novels of the fifties and sixties. On the Road (1957) is the most
famous of these. Other works include The Subterraneans (1958),
The Dharma Bums (1958), Doctor Sax (1959), and Big Sur (1962).
A number of real people lie behind the characters in On the
Road. The fictional Dean Moriarty is Kerouac's real-life traveling
companion, Neal Cassady; the poet Allen Ginsberg appears as
Carlo Marx; and the writer William Burroughs is Old Bull Lee.

v

. it's absolutely necessary now to postpone all those things concerning our personal love. All the time. not long after my wife and I separated. Dean had blue eyes. here we are in New York and although I haven't quite told you everything I was thinking when we crossed the Missouri River. Chad showed me some letters from Dean. always planning but never going. I went to their little apartment with the boys. He had arrived the night before with beautiful little Marylou. when his parents were passing through Salt Lake City in 1926. when he was just a mysterious jail-kid. Dean is the perfect guy for the road because he was actually born on the road. when Dean was not the way he is today. They got off the Greyhound bus at 50th Street. She was a pretty blonde. darling. and a real Oklahoma accent. Chapter 1 H o w It All Be What you could call my life on the road began when I first met Dean Moriarty. also there was talk that he had just married a girl called Marylou. . with long 1 . Then news came that Dean was out of jail and was coming to New York for the first time. and Dean came to the door in his shorts. and at once begin thinking of work-life plans . One day in college Chad and Tim Gray told me Dean was staying in rooms in East Harlem. Dean was telling Marylou things like: "Now. " That was the way he talked in those early days. He had worked on Ed Wall's farm in Colorado before he married Marylou. First reports of him came to me through Chad King. I often dreamed of going West to see the country. Before that. went around the corner to Hector's cafe and bought beautiful big cream cakes. written in a New Mexico jail for kids. This is all far back. on their way to Los Angeles.

where I was living with my aunt. Chad said that I was a writer and he marijuana. Dean was wearing a real Western gone back to Denver. And Dean told Carlo about people in the West River from New York and she was so angry that she went to the like Tommy Snark. she was stupid and could do One night we went to New York. Elmer Hassel. and in the from that moment on I did not see Dean as often as before. She sat on the couch. And Dean said that she had Street Greyhound* bus station. And when I was halfway. and other adventures. the card player. Later. and the things that happened were amazing. I went It would mix up all my friends. I promised myself to go the same way soon. He came right out to Then the spring came. "Yes. Jane: Lee in Texas growing had to learn how to write. So we went out to have a few beers business suit for his big trip back to Denver. But agreed to go out West at some time. "You didn't come to me only to learn together." And this was really the way that my whole road experience And he said. the great time of traveling. They liked each other immediately. 2 3 . That was the winter of 1947. until somebody took her to Marylou in their Hoboken apartment just across the Hudson Bellevue Hospital. and it was the night that horrible things. in away. Carlo told Dean of During the next week. "Hello. We had a last meal In the bar I told Dean. crazy thing so that Dean girlfriends. then Dean got on a bus which said Chicago and went to be a writer. and must be in fact all those problems have come to my attention. of course. me how to write. and walked around. and I agreed that he could stay at my house till he found a job. you trip down South with my aunt to visit my brother Rocco. And I morning while we sat around smoking in the gray light of a was a little sorry too. Big Ed Dunkel. with her baby girl in her arms. and one everybody was getting ready to go on one trip or another. sex parties. New Jersey. and anyway what do I really know about it except off into the night. Then Dean had a fight with drugs. curly hair. who took one look at Dean and decided that he was a had a small typewriter. Dean got up nervously. and all I had left of my family. had to run away from Hoboken. gloomy day. and he said he was going to start writing madman. as soon as he got a job and a room in Denver. although she was a sweet little girl. He also aunt. I was night while I was studying there was a knock on the door. and he because we couldn't talk like we wanted to talk in front of my bought it in a store on Third Avenue for eleven dollars. full of should come to me for advice. and he didn't either. on and on about things I didn't understand. and That night we drank beer and talked until dawn. Carlo and I went with him to the 34th "And where's Marylou?" I asked. a big dust cloud over the American Night. But all the crazy things that were going to happen began then. " and told. But we understood each other on other levels of madness. Jane wandering on Times Square. I got remember me — Dean Moriarty? I've come to ask you to show ready to travel West for the very first time. saying. . and . I know exactly what you mean and began. his many police and accused Dean of some false. busy working on my novel. It was blue. and Paterson. that you have to work and work at it. Hassel in jail. he told Chad King that he absolutely Old Bull Lee. And we *Greyhound: an American bus company. ." Dean left before me. thinking. and after a And there was Dean in the dark hall. Dean met Carlo Marx. her smoky blue eyes staring. Then he decided Marylou could get some breakfast.

Babe to the edge of town. at the dividing line between the East of my early with a truck along Route 6. Rawlins. It was a traveling. I woke That night I went to a club and listened to jazz music till dawn. with crying babies and two boys from the University of Iowa. He had to eat his breakfast now and wanted to rest. and hours in the driving seat. I had a few cold beers and walked mention of Ray Rawlins and his beautiful blond sister. And maybe that's why I truly About three in the afternoon. The driver was Boncoeur wrote me a letter from San Francisco. We stopped later and he slept for a few working on a ship. at dawn. I got a ride with It was an ordinary bus trip to Chicago. so I back in one piece!" went right on into Des Moines. but I drove through the rest of Illinois to everywhere I looked in Des Moines that afternoon. Then. my old college writing friend was there. I ate apple pie and ice cream again. and in a cheap hotel room I'd never seen. The bed was big and clean and hard. but I had no Davenport. that's almost all I ate all the way across the country. She wanted somebody to help her drive to Iowa. In a minute. and one gave me a ride up the hill and left me at a lonely and even Roland Major. a big truck stopped for me. Carlo Marx was already in Denver. nobody would be able to see me. gloomy old hotel room. There were beautiful girls not a very good driver. She drove for the first few hours. and country people getting on at one Pennsylvania town their new. 4 . and had about fifty dollars. through Rock Island. then didn't know who I was! I was far away from home. I was ready to go to the West Coast. Chad King and Tim Gray were there. Dean was the lady was going to her Iowa home town by another route. so I could rest to come out and go with him on a round-the-world trip. Chapter 2 Halfway across A m e r i c a I went to sit in the bus station. there. and ate apple pie and ice cream. but this time near the gas stations. we were off he said she was a wonderful cook and "everything will be great!" again. tired from started walking West. the Bettencourt sisters. where for the first time in time now for thoughts like that. world live in Des Moines. All the men were driving home from work. Iowa. and there was The sun was going down. A few cars went by. car. I had written a bus to the edge of the town. 5 . near the railroad line. about four miles. I got a bus to Joliet. I arrived in Chicago early in the morning. Illinois. and it was strange sitting in hot sun. "Just come the fields. up as the sun was getting red — and for about fifteen seconds I Then the following afternoon. on that strange red afternoon. I got out at Davenport. crossroads. half my book. comfortable car as we drove smoothly into town. so I picked up my bag and went to happy to help. I was halfway warm and beautiful day for hitch-hiking and my first ride was across America. I'm eat. He was living with a girl called Lee Ann. I decided to get In July 1947. Soon it was dark. and went to sleep all day. but no trucks. got a I spent all day sleeping in a room at a small. But I promised myself a good my life I saw the Mississippi River. when my friend Remi And after two minutes. life and the West of my future. quietly without talking. I slept too. Here time in Denver. and two waitresses Dean knew. a woman stopped for me in a little forgot who I was. I had already spent half my money. and I was But I had to get moving. He wanted me a big guy who paid hardly any attention to me. then I did. So I rushed past the pretty girls — and the prettiest girls in the and there were no lights in the Iowa countryside." my aunt said. and an hour later the smoke of Des Moines appeared over "The trip West will be good for you. thirty miles into great green Illinois. after another. Then a man going back into Davenport took me back where I started from.

except the two "You got any money?" asked Montana Slim." they said. handsome pair of young men. On their trip to the West Coast. and I felt good. I looked around at the farmers from Minnesota ate enormous meals. "Is there room?" I was glad when we stopped to eat. "Well." he said. can't you?" When we came to the town of Ogallala. What about you?" hundred miles away. old tall blond kid. It got dark quickly. "If you want to go to LA. "Denver." into the night. We watched them disappear * Flatback: a truck with a flat trailer and no walls. Mississippi Gene was a little thirty-year-old dark guy who smoked cigarettes. jump on. Gene and the blond 6 7 . I guess you can. We passed the bottle of whisky to each other. "Where?" I said. I had to buy more cigarettes. These crazy boys are going to Los Angeles. "There's room for everybody. I was excited. But they drove "No. Ohio. and they were picking up everybody they saw I thought about this." he said. we went back to the truck. I'm going to Montana Chapter 3 T h e Greatest R i d e of My Life to see my father. "Yes. they picked up everybody on the road. maybe enough for some whisky till I get to fast. and six or seven boys "All the way. while the two blond I jumped on and the truck drove off. who were hitch-hiking Minnesota. Both of them wore old Montana Slim and the two city boys came with me." they said." The greatest ride of my life came outside of the town of "Straight?" I said. There were two young farmer boys from North Dakota. and the stars "Anywhere. Montana. I'll have to get off this truck at Cheyenne. "You can always follow a man down a came out. They were a smiling. and hitch-hike south ninety miles to Denver. dark street and rob him. "I know where I can get some. you got a were lying out on it. He had a worried look. The truck stopped and I ran up to it. Minnesota brothers. They were others. They gave me some money. "We never drink. The drivers friend. "Whooppee!" I shouted. We clothes that had turned black from the smoke of the railroads and wandered the streets of North Platte and found a place to buy from sleeping on the ground. The drivers were two young blond farmers ride. but decided that I'd get off at Cheyenne on that road." he said." I said. who was quiet and seemed to be running away "OK. We all went into the "Sure." I said. brothers. too. also called "flatbed. and they took farm machines from Los Angeles to Two city boys from Columbus. rode on trains around the country." they said. whisky. A flatback* truck came by. a few Denver. the two Dakota boys decided to get off and look for work. Gothenburg. when the truck was around the United States for the summer. "I'm going to buy a bottle of whisky." from something. We all had a drink. "But hurry. Finally there were Mississippi Gene and his young When we got back to the truck it was almost dark. His friend was a sixteen-year. "I'll do it if I really need some money. then "Where are you going?" Mississippi Gene asked me." restaurant and had hamburgers and coffee. A tall slim fellow from empty." I told them. and we were soon looking southwest toward Denver. and I bought a bottle." I said." from Minnesota.

I had about seven the prettiest thing you've ever seen. and they thanked me. And I knew that I had to get to Denver at once." to a nightclub which was already closing. I'm tired of this. It was nearly midnight. I looked up at the watched the truck move slowly through the crowds and sky. We took them I said. The nightclub closed He and I jumped off and said goodbye to the others. The wonderful stars were still there. I woke up at eight o'clock in the morning with a big headache. but we wanted to make love to them. Mississippi Gene began to sing a song: "I've got a pretty little girl. but I didn't the streets. "Why did I spend it all on that stupid girl?" I laid down on the seat with my bag for a pillow and went to sleep. We picked up two pretty girls." repeating it with other lines dollars. she's Montana Slim and I began going to the bars. The girls wanted to go to the bus station. that's the prettiest song.boy followed me and I bought a packet for both of them. "I want to go to New York. then went on. my arms around her and wanted to tell her. intelligent. I was drunk. and cold. and there's nothing in Cheyenne. She went to join the sailor and the others. 8 9 . Slim was sleeping on a seat. We were in Wyoming now. burning. the great snowy tops of the Rocky Mountains. I sat down and told myself that I was stupid. There's no place to go except Cheyenne. and bright lights. in Colorado. "No. but it was to meet a sailor who was waiting for them." I said." "There's nothing in New York. and the stars were getting Chapter 4 The Rocky Mountains brighter. He was the fat girl's cousin. "Why didn't I save my money?" I thought. she's sweet sixteen. crowded bars. a pretty young blonde and about how far he'd been. and saw crowds of people moving along on whiskies for them and beer for us. We and we all wandered out into the dusty streets." I said. and how he wished that he could get a fat girl with black hair. "Gene. They were moody and not very back to her. so we went there. Slim had gone — to Montana. and he had friends with him. I just wanted the little blonde. far away." she said. disappear into the night. just south of Cheyenne. and I spent five dollars We got to Cheyenne. The blonde wanted to go to her home. care. And there in the blue air I saw for the first time. I guess. I put "It's Wild West Week!" said Montana Slim. Everything was great. "I'll take you in a bus.

stories. And I was in the middle of this interesting war. I got a ride in a car with a young fellow from Connecticut. "Where's Dean?" They smiled but said they Rawlinses were not seeing or speaking with Dean Moriarty and didn't know. The phone rang and it was Carlo Marx. all the there was a big living room where Major sat writing his short way to Denver. And he told me that Dean was making love to two girls at the same time. We each had a bedroom. But by the time he let me off Chapter 5 Out on the Street at Longmont. the stars so beautiful. warm conversation about life. 10 11 . But he wasn't talking to him any more either. She was Tim Gray's girl. He was a fat. a new girl. for some wild son was Ray Rawlins.a young mother. We had a long. and Camille. He came and picked me up in his when he wanted to. and one of Ray's sisters was a strange reason. Carlo and I went through the streets in the Denver night. red-faced hater of everything who could In those days I didn't know Dean as well as I do now. and he smiled when he saw me. so I turn on the warmest and most charming smile in the world phoned Chad King's house. then got a ride with a Denver belonged to Tim Gray's parents." he said. It without a girl. and in the evening his mother him. the promise of every street so great. It was beautiful in Longmont. and the I asked everybody. This was a lovely slim blond boy. Carlo knocked. Dean opened the door. He talked and talked. Colorado. with five sons and two daughters. I was the only guy "Yes. then moved back to hide. beautiful blonde called Babe. Major's girl was Tim Gray's sister Betty. The air was so soft. He didn't want Camille to see him. Roland Major. The Chad had decided not to be Dean's friend any more. We came to an old red-brick building and went up carpeted stairs. Then it happened. But where was Dean? "Dean's in Denver. I was feeling OK. Carlo Marx. He My first afternoon in Denver I slept in Chad King's room gave me the address of his apartment and I rushed over to meet while Chad worked at the library. I slept for two hours under a big I went to live with Roland Major in a really nice apartment that tree near a gas station. old Ford car that he used for trips into the mountains. and once I almost had to put my head out of the window. and he didn't even know where he lived. And "Is Carlo Marx in town?" I asked. his first wife. She looked up. "Where's Dean?" I asked him. He had no clothes on. I was sick from drinking. and businessman. seemed that Chad King. family . Chad is a The Rawlinses lived near the apartment. I saw a dark-haired girl on the bed." he said. Marylou. Tim Gray. one beautiful creamy leg half-covered. cooked us a wonderful dinner. that I thought I was in a dream.

Camille —" He turned toward her. The one for me was still working. "This is my old apartment. Rawlins was rolling on the grass with one of the waitresses. "A waitress. "What?" we all shouted. Major had to let me in. "It is now —" He looked at his watch. I shall be back at exactly three-fourteen for our hour together. and I did. We drank." "But what time will you be back?" she said. It's his first night in Denver and it's and I slept like a baby." (This was so that he could see Carlo later. strange as it seems. My last dollar was gone. "You can't come in!" Then we all rushed back to the Denver bars and I was suddenly alone in the street with no money. "I won't let you behave like this in Tim Gray's apartment!" he said. "You've arrived! You finally got on that old I walked five miles up to Colfax to my comfortable bed in the road. Major was shouting. who was still hiding. "Let's go to my apartment!" I shouted. as you know. but the sister that Dean wanted was in. Bottles rolled on the floor. and Carlo joined us downstairs. friend from New York. We needed a car now. absolutely necessary for me to take him out and find him a girl. Tomorrow I know where I can find you a job in the Camargo markets. "Sal. We did. He came over at once. took off his shirt." said Dean. and then. He was back soon. Rita Bettencourt. and Ray Rawlins phoned a friend who came with his. I was due to phone Ray Rawlins at this time. and the other sister came. The nights in Denver are cool. We sat down on her couch. Three o'clock came. Roland Major stopped us at the door. I have a girl waiting for you this very minute. and Dean rushed off for his hour with Camille. darling. "Exactly one-fourteen. "Sal!" said Dean. and began putting his arms around Mary Bettencourt. Everything got confusing. Now. 12 13 . and I've just got to make love to her sister tonight. We all jumped in. I have to go and see the one- legged lawyer — in the middle of the night.) We rushed off into the night." We got to the house where the waitress sisters lived. and ran shouting into the building.

All we had to do was ride back to Denver. and I was sitting on one "You're two weeks late!" He slapped me on the back. bar. I soon discovered that Lee Ann had a cruel tongue and said Babe and Betty were gone. Tim Gray was in the bed too. There was some kind of tourist from Argentina in one place. We bought suits and drove to Central City. and Babe up front. "Where have you been. Suddenly. As we were going out to in the World. We went to other bars. Soon great crowds of girls Paradise! If nobody is home. on the chest. "Come and be the last money I ask you for. but I had no money. Central and we got our things together. we went back to our house and the girls were Francisco. We helped her up Babe Rawlins knew of an old house on the edge of the town and got in the car. Lee Ann? He After five minutes. Ray Rawlins coughing. Rawlins. and beyond the back door was a view of the mountain in the I was two weeks late meeting Remi Boncceur in San moonlight. but I didn't go back. and I bought a bus ticket for San Francisco. and I worked in the markets for one day. Later. Our breakfast was stale beer. The Boncceur. and then we danced and sang and drank more beer. and I decided to go back to the bars. through the window. There were screams. There was a piano player in the me on the West Coast." I thought. Paradise?" he said. Major and Betty joined us." I wrote. but he woke up and saw me come in more exciting. "You will get it back as help us. Major was gone. there was a great crowd of teenage Ann. Babe slipped and fell flat on her face. and I went to a bar the fifty. place filled up. "Oh. Signed Remi came in. and Tim and I pulled Ray out. Paradise! The one and only Paradise! Did you see." They joined soon as I get work on that ship. "I wish Dean and Carlo were here. later. Tim. Babe came from her hotel driving. and he got annoyed when Ray gave him a push to make room at Chapter 6 The Cost of Living the bar. but it didn't see Dean and Carlo for five days. A big cloud of the dishes. Dean said he and Carlo might join and had a few extra-big beers. bad things to Remi every day. and they spoiled our party. I tried to open the window. Suddenly. clean it — which took all afternoon and part of the night. sent my aunt an airmail letter asking her for fifty dollars." The money arrived two days us. but we My time there was coming to an end. City was an old town that was once called the Richest Square Mile everything seemed to be going wrong. Tim Gray sitting in the back. boys rushing in. ready to leave. "It will We called out to girls who went by in the street. I had a much later we rolled back to the house and went to sleep. climb in through the window. and soon the sun went down. and it was a sad where we could sleep for the weekend. They were drunk. Tim. and Major bought food. and I did the cooking and washed In the morning I woke up and turned over. In a last phone call. I had plenty of beer so everything was OK. The night got more and Remi was asleep. They spent all week saving pennies 14 15 . Everybody's invited to our party tonight. Then I got involved in a trip to the mountains and dust rose from the bed. People brought bottles. There were beds in the other rooms. because of the silver that could be found in the hills. his girl. Babe Rawlins borrowed a wouldn't open. every girl left with one or the other of them. laughed and cried and screamed. There was a note pinned on the door of his house: Sal getting everything ready for the party. spending half It was a wonderful night. bed. hit Lee talking to a girl. the car. came in through the window!" • Ray. Ray gave me his glass and knocked him down. and we started car.

we looked around to hitch-hike back to San Francisco. girl. who were now staying finally gave in and had a drink with them. Remi ran to tell Lee Ann. She was a pretty. and he got me a comes in. but he couldn't get nights Remi and I were working together and Remi tried all the anybody interested in it and he flew back. I tried to get them quiet. One night I waited a long time as he filled a box with cans and 'Where will you go?" asked Remi. Some Hollywood with something I had written. Japan." I looked at Lee Ann. Remi opened a window and We had no money. "A clerk at the races! Did you hear that." Remi said. money from her." President said:'We must cut the cost of living. "I have told you several times what the "Get out!" she told Remi.' " Remi started packing. check that nobody was there. then Remi and I went down to find you two kissing and making love when you think I'm not to the engine rooms. Later that night. and I slept to row out to it. waiting for ghosts of old sea captains on this thing? But I'll pay you five their ship. the kitchen and went back and filled the box again. I went too. They stayed there. he found a key to 'Jimmy!" said Remi. and I imagined myself all alone in this 16 17 . about a hundred dollars. and I followed him. So one afternoon Lee Ann packed a lunch and on a couch by the window. that's all. hoping to find one unlocked. "I'd love to sleep in this old ship one night when the fog Remi was working as a guard at the barracks." she said. similar job. don't you realize there may be the workers who were going overseas. other food. near Richmond. but I I wrote long letters to Dean and Carlo. We had to When we got to the barracks kitchen. Sal?" "Paradise. and Remi wanted Remi slept with Lee Ann in the bed across the room. There was an old rusty ship near the shore. "Sal. Lee Ann climbed through. Soon I was as drunk as with Old Bull Lee in Texas. we hired a boat and went out. but before the seventh race he was broke. looking. on to win. honey-colored but there was nothing there." I said. I watched Lee Ann take all her "You must not touch Lee Ann. money. Remi flew down to I earned fifty-five dollars a week and sent my aunt forty."Pack your things and get out. but I tried the law. Remi had to put it all back. and took Lee Ann and me to the "Why do you have to steal all the time?" I asked him. He put twenty dollar bets "The world owes me a few things. but there was hate in her eyes for both of us. The barracks were the temporary home of building Remi was amazed." And most of them were running away from something — usually "OK!" I said. We looked in the was angry with both of us. races at Golden Gate. not to look at her. and went out on Saturdays to spend fifty dollars in three hours. One night I was the only guard in the barracks for six hours. And everything began to go wrong anybody else. It was because their ship was leaving in the morning. Most of them were on their way to Okinawa. She threatened to leave Remi." he said. Then we couldn't get it through the window and "To Jimmy." Remi told me. She was sure that we were hiding refrigerators to see what we could take home in our pockets. Then he saved all his doors. dollars if you're brave enough to do it. and began looking for anything valuable. with Remi and Lee Ann and me. Everybody seemed to be drunk that night. "I don't want clothes off and lie down in the sun. and that night it started raining.

She put on her raincoat and Boncceur. I got Ann. I had finished my job at the barracks and this was going to be my last Saturday night. I quietly climbed out of the window. then went up to join them all very late. "Please introduce your wet." said "I'm very disappointed in both of you. "You'll be in debt. I Francisco next Saturday night. your stomach and get fat and rude in front of my eyes." I thought. I want my father to have a good time. Major began chatting in Dr. Remi's father was a doctor. "Roland Major of the San Francisco Argus. and go away without I'll go to Hollywood. pretend that you. My father is coming to San drunk and began to talk nonsense to the doctor's young wife. and threw himself into the seat next to Dr. I got Sal a job. trying not "Why did I come here?" to laugh. you dirty man." he said quietly. and that you. "Here I am at the end of friend? I've arranged to borrow a hundred dollars for Saturday America ." This surprised me. friend. Lee Ann was very angry with me.no more land . and left Remi. I said something loud in bad French to Dr. are my girl." I said. while I hid in my corner with my head between my knees. rainy house with that angry young woman." shouted Lee Ann. I bought you beautiful dresses. Lee Major knew that he was being rude. are my "Everything is going wrong. And now the worst thing happened. She didn't find one and came back all Remi had an embarrassed red face. and back through Texas and see my old any reason to worry about me. but didn't care." Lee Ann was impressed. and Remi got angry and embarrassed. Boncceur's ear. Now I ask only one thing. and had to go to the men's room every two minutes. wife. Lee Ann.and nowhere to go except back. "A hundred In the morning. went out to find a cop. but I don't teach high-school French. while Remi and Lee Ann were asleep. "I flew to Boncoeur." said Remi. man!" with my bag. Hollywood. slapped 18 19 . He was drunk. Then Remi pushed me on the back. and looked forward to Saturday. Sal. I got drunk in the bar downstairs. "How do you like "Tonight was the last night I cook for you so that you can fill teaching high-school French?" he shouted. Boncceur. I dollars! He's got more money than you will ever have!" I said to decided to leave. My old friend Roland Major was sitting in the restaurant bar! He had just arrived from Denver and had a job on a San Francisco newspaper. But night." "Excuse me." he said. We all went to an expensive restaurant where poor Remi spent at least fifty dollars for the five of us. "And another thing. Lee Ann and she began screaming. "What am I doing three thousand miles from home?" I thought. He came over. Remi and Lee Ann went to meet his father at the hotel room first. "He's coming with his young And I never did spend the night at that old ghost ship. Sal. We must be very pleasant and polite. "That's all right. Will you come with me and drank a lot." friends.

" I said. "Who is this Dorie?" she said." she said. I "Miss. never told her this." I said. I'm not like that!" And then I got angry. I was going to her. so I "I love love. so broken. and with red hair?" she screamed. listen to me had a husband and a child. and I loved the way she said it. and her eyes were great big went crazy. she will show you where me. I stood for two hours on the side of the road. it's their one and "Six foot. where one of her friends waited with a gun. "LA. then went out and sad. I was so lonely. She was in one of the buses that came in for a slept in my arms. everybody says "LA" on the Coast. and I wanted to put my arms around her. prostitutes!" We sat and told each other our stories. I kissed her gently. that I found the courage to talk to her. Terry was in the bathroom when I got back. "Where are you going?" bathroom. closing her eyes. she would be beside me. And in the same way adventure began. None of them stopped. "It's not true! Please. and I got up and went over to to find work. beautiful love. shaking. I ached all over for midnight I began walking back into the town. "If you want to. alone? It was the Mexican girl! I sat locking the door behind me and she was sitting on the bed opposite her and began planning immediately. and lit a cigarette. thank you. She had left her little son with her family. "She's six foot tall and I sat back. Chapter 7 Love in LA We talked and talked. She looked up with a smile. and at hotel room in LA. I began to imagine that Terry — blue things. I waited till she looked at has red hair. I love the way "It doesn't matter. so tired. so she left him." she said. miss?" I said. have to spend two dollars or more for a bus ticket to LA. the way I did every time I saw a girl that I to a hotel." I told her. we began to hold hands. "Why do you tell me about her?" She began to get drunk in the And I did."Why am 21 20 . in the gray. "I know a girl called Dorie. suspecting something bad. and she little Mexican girl. "May I sit with you. If you come to New York. I picked up my bag and got on the LA bus. Some time later. and soon I was And who was sitting there. I wished that I was on her bus. and was going to LA to live with her sister for a while. as it was silently and beautifully decided that when I got to my cars rushed by toward Los Angeles. Terry!" I cried. and understand. and I promised her went to the bus station. so taking off her red shoes. would you like to use my raincoat for a pillow?" poured whisky into one big water glass. But 1 loved going in the opposite direction in this too-big world. "And I thought only golden town. got some whisky. and we started to drink. "No. We got off at Main Street. Come on to bed. and then my anything about it. and I rested my head in her beautiful hair. The first hotel we saw had a vacant room." she said. I don't know why." she said. Her hair was long and black. with a sad little look of love. and without saying Two rides took me to the south side of Bakersfield. and here my mind rest stop. but then. you were a nice college boy! But you're a man who employs "That's where I'm going too." her. and felt a pain like a that was her name — was a girl who tricked men and took them knife in my heart. dirty dawn. Her husband beat her. Her story was this: she "No! Listen. She said she loved to talk with me. I was waiting for the LA bus when I suddenly saw the prettiest The bus arrived in Hollywood.

Suddenly. "Just because their parents can afford roast beef our little hotel room." And we didn't get a ride. South Main Street. and she was going to be my stood under a road lamp. then got up and because Terry didn't want her sister to see me. somewhere out beyond Alameda then we bought a bottle of whisky and went and sat near the Avenue. a bus to Bakersfield and get a job picking grapes. we held each the winter. Terry came out and took me to an apartment house in We got a ride in a truck and arrived in Sabinal just before Central Avenue. 23 22 . I didn't like it. throw shoes at doors. Terry dinner. Terry got her clothes. But there were no jobs in Bakersfield." she said. It "I'm going to get my clothes from my sister and we'll hitch. After a few weeks of that. Like a fool. were handsome. I made love of our money. We could live in Cops stopped and searched people on almost every corner. "Who do they think they are. and were hoping to get into Hollywood movies. cars full of young kids went girl. and bars. All the cops in LA easy way. I considered the problem for two them. but failed. then went across the railroad lines to the Mexican part of and I tried to get work. "We can hitch-hike to my home town. We still had ten dollars. They laughed and shouted at us. Terry talked to everybody. shouting at somebody on the days. and my twenty was soon ten. and I hated every one of left. Sabinal. LA is the loneliest city in America. So we went back to the hotel room and smoked the little Terry came out of the bathroom with tears in her eyes. and her sister arguing in the soft. LA. New York gets ice cold in That night. then I begging a stupid little Mexican girl to believe me?" I shouted. anything. We decided to Arcadia. hurried to her sister's house. then walked several miles down the road and hitch-hike to New York together. "Come on. You a tent. warm night. We sat and drank till midnight." and I said OK. where other tight and made a plan. but it's a friendlier city. It wasn't marijuana at "Sorry! I'm sorry!" Her simple and strange little mind had decided that the kind of man who employs prostitutes does not all! I wished that I was wiser with my money. let's do it. We got a ride in a red car to We were together for the next fifteen days. cafes. was full of lights and wildness. California. and then we fell asleep and slept until late afternoon. in a little four-dollar hotel room. We went up dirty dawn. by bus. She got five dollars from her sister that night. even me. we went out on to the street and a black guy whispered And I picked up her red shoes and threw them at the bathroom "marijuana" into my ear. "Get out!"Then I took off my clothes and went to bed." So we lights of movie theaters. owed Terry a skirt and a pair of shoes." said Terry. was night now. who bed comfortably. door. We ate a Chinese Everyone came to get into Hollywood movies. "One dollar. I was ready for Terry had a new idea. Now to her. we could go to New York the could smell beer and marijuana in the air. I waited in a dark street behind some Mexican kitchens railroad buildings. and live in my brother's garage. asking for jobs. Margarina. And what a wild place that is. saying brown cigarette — but nothing happened. I could hear Terry walked to the highway. and the little Mexican street was bright with the hike to New York. Terry wanted to start at once with the twenty dollars I had by. I took her to an old hotel by the railroad and we went to stairs and came to the room of Terry's friend. town where Terry talked with the Mexicans. Next morning we were going to get Terry and I walked sometimes. Sweetly and silently she took off her Terry and I decided to hitch-hike to New York with the rest clothes and slid her little body into bed next to mine. on Sundays. we had about thirteen dollars. bring it. But we were very happy in road?" I thought.

I love you. we did not have enough money to pay the rent for five miles outside of Sabinal. I gave her a dollar and we moved into it." she said. Rickey drove on to sleep at his father's and Carlo and the road. and when the sun got red "Today we drink. with dark eyes. We worked together all afternoon. butter. "Yes. We were colder. and a sweet kid. Terry arrived with her brother. Her brother's name was Rickey. Sal. Terry was twice as Johnny. yes. On the way back. and after an hour the next day my fingers began to bleed and my back began 24 25 . His air. Her little boy was Johnny was faster than I was! And. Finally. Terry. I slept till noon. "I'll she said. It was a noisy place. I asked the woman who owned the place. It's hard work." Terry told me. God for a better life and a better chance to do something for the Rickey was drunk and poor little Johnny was asleep on my little people I loved. and beyond his friend." she said. job with one of the farmers. Terry and Every day I earned less than two dollars. Terry mended clothes. and cake." "Johnny and I will help you pick cotton. tomorrow we work!" Rickey said." Later I went to look for some cotton-picking work. friend. and got a "I want to go with you. But nobody was listening. traffic going to into the car again. tents. Johnny and I played all the time. He was them the snow-topped Sierra Mountains in the blue morning a wild Mexican guy who liked whisky. The sun began to get red. The farmer weighed it — and gave we went to a bar. country. the poor little — a dollar a day. fast. Time went by. and he had a car. But it was beautiful country." So we made love one more time. and house. and I a dollar on a meal for Terry and me in a Mexican restaurant. Ponzo. We lay down one more time. I could see that he liked Terry. And I have to get to New York. We had a room. was a big fat Mexican who spoke English without Johnny and Terry arrived at noon to help me. coffee. swore and swore. On the way back. seven years old. some grapes fell "I don't know. Off we went to a highway bar. the tents vacant?" and she said there was one. and her child. I looked up into the dark sky and prayed to Now I had four dollars. and I forgot about Dean the back. arm as we drove back toward Sabinal. Then I borrowed a bicycle from one and shouting with the music while little Johnny played with of the other men and rode down to a highway store and bought other kids. Across the fields were the find her brother. of course. In the bright. and beyond them the brown cotton fields. And off we went back with my sack. It was the cheapest You can't live in tents with a baby like Johnny. and the nights were In the morning I got up and went for a short walk. And little much accent. "Go back to your family. then you leave. He gave me a big sack and told me "But how?" to start at dawn the next day. in cotton and grape-picking the tent. "Are any of "We have to leave here. It was just enough to Johnny and I slept in a place with rooms for rent and tents out at buy food in the evening. sunny morning Terry got up early and went to to ache." off the back of a truck. thing is cold." I said. back for Terry and Johnny. It was October now. and later I spent LA and San Francisco almost knocked me off my bicycle." I said. and we came out and got bread. Picking cotton was hard work. She was right. "But I'll miss you. and I picked them up and took them "But I have to leave. and soon we were drinking me one-and-a-half dollars. and Ponzo went to find his truck to sleep in. show you how to do it. That night.

" he told her. and some of their old furniture was going to my When I got home. "I'll be back in a month. "I bought it. agreed. that Hudson goes fast!" he said. Marylou. down the street one day. He and his wife and baby miles from Times Square. He saw a 1949 Hudson for sale and Virginia. The half. We girl called Galatea. Also. He and Dean decided to bring the girl East need a place to wash. He bought the car One day when all our relations were sitting in the house and immediately. to Paterson in two fast trips and bring my aunt back at the end of finished book I had been writing was on the desk. talking." and get her to pay for the meals and gas. Dunkel were. my brother Rocco had decided to back in Times Square. hour." Chapter 8 Dean's Story For the next hour. so it was October. There were now eleven I had traveled eight thousand miles around America and I was people in that little house. were moving closer to the town of Testament. my Southern relations did not know what was happening. man!" he said. "It's you! And who's in the car?" Big. He was wearing a torn shirt and he needed a shave. Paterson. and there were two more people sleeping in the car. I had no money to go home in the bus. and rang bring Sal back. A tired young fellow got out. He told her why. but of course it did not make sense. Galatea complained that she was tired and 26 27 . he had got a job on the railroad At Christmas 1948 my aunt and I went down to visit my brother and earned a lot of money. for four hundred dollars a month. hello. Christmas they rolled out of San Francisco at seventy miles an "Where did you get it?" I asked. It was more than a year before I saw Dean again. Then Rocco's wife made a meal and we all sat down to eat. Now they were broke. I told him I was going to be in Testament. "Dean!" I cried. and they just sat and stared. finished my book and began going to college. and he met a "Hello. There was mud and Dean calmed Camille's fears. aunt's house in Paterson. "I'm going to New York and dust on it. unless Ed married her. Where have you been all this time?" offered to take it in the Hudson. rushed to the bank for all his money. All the way." the bell. "But why?" she asked. This was going to save a lot of money. is a few move. I ate nearly everything in the refrigerator. came to the door. "Poor little Salvatore. and we're tired. but she wouldn't do this "But how did you get here so fast?" I said. So he did. and half his furniture had gone. Ed Dunkel was with him. He was also the father of a pretty little in Virginia. "It's Marylou and Ed Dunkel. Amy Moriarty. where my aunt lives. And a few days before "Man. new furniture. They did not know who Dean. or Ed Times Square in New York. I She wasn't very pleased. He and I could carry the furniture I couldn't sleep that night. "You're thin. I just smoked in bed." she said in was going to get there. I had been writing to Dean and he told me he was girl. "Why are you suddenly realized it was Dean! He had come all the way from San doing this to me?" Francisco. It was the second trip. They had bought but I finally begged the price of a ticket from a Greek guy. tall Ed Dunkel also worked on the railroad. a 1949 Hudson car stopped outside. I've worked on the railroads. Everybody goes home in October. Then he suddenly went crazy while walking coming East again. When Dean heard this he immediately Italian. Francisco since that fall in 1947. although we had not yet decided how it My aunt looked at me. between Christmas and New Year. smiling. I stayed I learned that Dean had lived happily with Camille in San home all that time.

and all of us will sit up front. Dean was driving. so a blanket covered our legs. 3 a. By the time they got to Tucson she was broke." he said. first to wake up. and tell through the Lincoln Tunnel and over to Times Square. She car. was dancing while he listened to want to marry her. Ed and I did the dishes while Dean and Marylou kissed and "What happened to Carlo?" he asked. They were hungry. and the cafe owner heard us talking about money. Then we went furniture . I was the when we got back to the house and I saw the Christmas tree. who was in New Orleans." Old Bull Lee. if we Later. In Philadelphia we went to a cafe and ate hamburgers. New Mexico. and I went for a short ride in washed all the dirty dishes in the kitchen. with you have. again. "We must go and see whispered together in a corner of the kitchen. Two nights she forced them to stop and they spent money on hotel rooms." I said. and up to Dean. Dean was driving through Las Cruces.. Dean. "I met her at college. and now they were Dean and Marylou about a beautiful Italian girl with honey- eating everything they could see on my brother's table. there was plenty of room for all of us to sit up front. Dunkel. Dean. because stories as we ride to New York!" Marylou wanted to see it. and I'm off on the road again. darlings. Washington. but the heater wasn't working. She was in promised to be back in thirty hours — thirty hours for a thousand Denver. He was complaining. I told fast to my brother's house. They made love for ten wild hours. "OK!" we said. I decided. Sal? We'll put everything in the back seat . "She's looking for a guy called Ed Dunkel. we need some bread dishes in fifteen minutes. and Dean and Ed managed to lose her in Chapter 9 On the Road Again the hotel and traveled on alone." I thought After that.Mrs P's the city of New York in the snowy distance. late in the afternoon. plus more coffee. jazz music on the radio.and talked and talked. nice and close." I said. and meat to make a lunch for New York. We finished the Carlo tomorrow. and Ed Dunkel then left Denver and drove Philadelphia on a country road . when he We packed my brother's furniture in the back of the car and suddenly wanted to see his first wife. "Tell her we'll probably pick her up in New Orleans on our way to the West Coast. Baltimore. He miles north and south! In the large and comfortable Hudson found Marylou in a hotel. we went to my house in Paterson and slept.m. She knew that he was mad. How much money do When dawn came we were driving through New Jersey. amazed. wanted to sleep in a hotel. "I was enjoying a quiet Christmas in the country. "and I with a sandwich in his hand." 28 29 . He He was crazier now. "A girl called Galatea just arrived at my house. We rushed through Richmond." Marylou wanted to meet her. colored hair called Lucille. There was a phone call from "Now Dean Moriarty is here. It was but Dean paid no attention to them. Marylou. He turned north and got to Denver in the evening. Marylou. He was different. It was a new and decided that they were going to be together again. offered to give us the hamburgers free. Marylou. Now. understood Dean. My Southern relations watched. Marylou." "Tell her that Dunkel is with Dean and me. the Hudson.

I know the people.m. I told Big Ed. Dean. and the man will die — all because of that little kid. if looked worried. the fifteen-dollar fine. but what he meant to say was somehow pure and clear. and we didn't Next there was a call from Camille in San Francisco. a police car overtook us and 30 31 . "I don't have a gun. and then got on a bus. But all my jail-problems are over now. Then we phoned Carlo Marx at his home in Long My aunt paid the fine. and the car will crash. stealing cars. "How did you get from Tucson to New station and tried to explain that we didn't have any money to pay Orleans?" I asked. "God exists! I used to be a jail-kid. God exists. and then we were ready to go. you want to. to pick up the rest of the furniture and bring my aunt back." We passed a kid who was throwing stones at cars in the road. him. and I drove into New York. Soon after this. "I wrote home for some money. Then Galatea Dunkel came to the phone herself." talked to her. with the furniture in the back of the car. a year and a half later). He was very excited about everything he saw. Dean had a shower while I cooked some rice. Sal. At 4 a. "How is stopped us because we were going "too fast." he said." she said. in Washington. Carlo. We arrived at sat quietly watching Dean and me get ready for our trip alone to the house in Paterson at 8 a. "One day he'll throw a stone at a car. He arrived two hours later. But while we were arguing with the cops. We're at home. and Dean promised to pay her when he Island and told him to come over. "Everything is fine. Dean talked all night. Dean and I went to the police I told her that he was. every detail of every moment that passed. I shall never be in jail again. We promised to see Carlo in thirty hours.. half curiously.m. Dean stopped and phoned Camille in San Francisco. She woke up and saw him. He sat in the chair and "Don't worry. After the phone call. as we drove back to New York that night." she one of them went out to look in the back of the car where my said. "Look. I know what they do." There was nothing clear about the things he said. and had the money (and he did. Virginia. I'm going home with my nephew. And we know America. in time to greet the New Year. She was determined to catch up with Ed because she loved aunt was sleeping." although we were Ed?" she wanted to know. Search the car. "Is he OK? Is he happy?" only doing thirty miles an hour. and Dean steal this furniture." said Dean. Marylou mended his socks. Yes. Even my aunt listened.

honey. made me think that everything was about to arrive . When he finished playing the sweetest Chapter 10 Driving South jazz I ever heard." he said. Dean and I went to And you know what we can do in twelve hours. Outside From the dirty snows of New York to the green and river there was a wonderful snowstorm. with at five o'clock in the morning we were all climbing through the Dean driving — fast. for twelve hours. "because I like hiding in her room and refusing to talk. At dawn we "Now listen. there were at least a hundred • people at one apartment. Marylou." she said." weeks. be home just a little less than every two days. "Lucille will never understand me. and I slept on a couch with a must go on living together. but they just talked and drank some whisky. "Come back to San Francisco with us. West Coast and get back in time for the spring term at college. in the car. George Shearing. "God's empty chair. mad weekend. and everything is decided New York streets from party to party. for ever. and disappeared with her. was wasting my time going around with Dean and his gang. and it The New Year weekend went on for three days and three nights." too many things and get all confused running from one falling Ed spoke to him and promised to come.not sex. on every bed. she accepted Dean's invitation to go out We phoned Old Bull Lee in New Orleans. And was in the back seat. at Birdland. I'll go 32 33 . as usual." We were smoking marijuana. I'll be a good girl for you." she said. she was waiting for him to come Marylou." But I knew Dean loved dollars to send to his wife. window of another apartment and another party. smells of New Orleans at the bottom of America. Dean. Dean pointed at the empty piano seat and said. and I also knew Marylou was doing this to make home. "She's been here two weeks now. "I don't like you when you're with them. and she was broke. she said Dean was I knew that I wanted to go on one more wonderful trip to the going to stay with Camille and she wanted me to go with her. The parties were enormous. and on every couch . Dunkel?" he complained."Here we go!" Year's party with wild screaming and wild radio music." I thought. and 1 sat in the front. And when Lucille saw Marylou pushing me into know. In the middle of the long. I have nothing to offer anyone except my own I said goodbye to my aunt and promised to be back in two confused thoughts. star to another. darling."Whooee!" shouted Dean. "We'll live We got ready to cross the country again. just followed. corners and kissing me. and I'll girl called Mona in my arms. just a New He was excited.the Great gangs got into the Hudson and we slid through the snowy moment when you know everything. I gave Dean eighteen together. But Then Marylou began making love to me. Marylou. see the jazz piano player. "What do you boys expect me to do with this Galatea Everything was mixed up. Ed Ed Dunkel met Lucille's sister. Ed Dunkel. My aunt said that I happy. Something was happening in every corner. These were his great 1949 days. Lucille saw me with Dean and Marylou and she was not I left everybody and went home to rest. then west. What was Marylou thinking? I don't Lucille jealous. I know just the place for you. "In San Francisco we were back in the first apartment.

Then. It was on a road that went across a muddy field. we did it before. But why think about that when all the golden land's are wonderful!" in front of you. out of the car. I love. Dean and the gang came and everything was OK again. Marylou. Ed while Dean. love women!" he shouted. then Dean went to sleep in River. and suddenly we could smell grass and feel warm air on our faces. The man at the desk was asleep. He and his wife had two wonderful children. talking. Georgia. they were going to stay together and I was going to be alone in "Oh. and little Ray. We told him not to go too fast. "We're in the South!" said Dean." said Dean. "It's me. Jane Lee was "But we only have forty dollars to go all the way to the standing there. Now I began to see that river. and you could smell the would come to me in San Francisco." New Orleans in the night in front of us. Coast. We got out of the car She looked nastily at Dean. The cop at the police station didn't like Dean. stopped the car and I got out and went to the door. love. we could see it. "Jane. "Yes." "Is Galatea Dunkel here?" We paid the twenty-five dollars and drove away silently. "We left the He asked Jane. but he paid no attention to her. Her face when we got through Richmond we began to forget about it. All alone in the night I had pushed a hand through his hair and said hello." he said. for air. to meet Ed. one year old. She looked at him. We the back seat and Dunkel drove. Ray ran around the I slept and woke up to hear music. We can do stole three packets of cigarettes. It's us. on living at Camille's. and we could see but as soon as we were asleep he pushed the speed up to eighty." I said. but he greeted me with a the engine off. out quietly and put gas in the car before we drove off again. suddenly. sleepy Algiers on the other. He told us to follow him We came off the ferry and went to Old Bull Lee's house to the police station. but I had understood that she The air in New Orleans was sweet. We "The fine is twenty-five dollars. But Jane used to live with my wife and me in New York. and jumped out to look at the brown water rolling by. and she looked tired." "The fine is still twenty-five. and then Galatea came from the back of the house I drove through South Carolina and beyond Macon. and Dean and Marylou yard without his clothes. "I think women California. and I woke Dean. you finally got here!" said Bull. It was all right with Marylou. and Dean jumped nice smile. "Is there anything to eat?" winter behind!" It began to get confused then. and her face was pale. very tired after Macon. eight years old. "And if you get She knew that. The house was old and the grass outside was knee-high. laughing. was thin and red." another fine in Virginia you'll lose your car. "What am I doing? Where am I going?" I got "Why did you do this to me?" she said." said the cop." she said. were leaving New Orleans behind on one side. and Ed slept. and she won't know about us. and a cop came after us and stopped us." 34 35 . "Let's go into the house and have a drink. We stopped at another gas station later. where Dunkel "Sal. Dean was pointing at the women. outside town. my own thoughts. She was a serious girl. Poor Bull came home and Ten miles down the road Dean drove into a gas station with found his house full of crazy people. and all kinds of nice surprises wait for you? We took the car on to the Algiers ferry to cross the Mississippi We arrived in Washington at dawn. "Bull isn't here. Dodie.

it didn't take him long. and Dean and Ed showed me the proper way to get night. course they were angry. who was tired of the bedroom. That night. never missed a word that he said. in the stay there and work. Old Bull took us to all the dull bars in the French Quarter. and Ed went to lie with Galatea in the big bed that Old Bull and Jane never used. "It's a very dull town. the three of us . We read about it in the newspaper the next day. and Dean drove us into New Orleans. what kind of a person is this Ed Dunkel?" Bull asked. We got back to the girls an hour late and of He sat in his chair and Jane brought drinks. and found Old Bull and Dean in the back yard." he said. We left Jane with the children. Jane was never more than ten feet away from Bull.said goodbye. Sal. Dean was smoking marijuana. It was a lovely warm morning. from my aunt. and she and I . A girl threw herself over the side and drowned — either just before or just after our trip. a gray. and Bull said. and the lights of New Orleans were orange-bright across the brown water of the Mississippi. Marylou took all the drugs that Bull would give her. He and I and on the street unless you looked closer and saw his mad. But he agreed to take us. Bull was a teacher. and the softest wind blew in from the river. At Ed and Galatea decided to get a room in New Orleans and that moment Ed was making Galatea forgive him. off a moving tram. He once studied medicine in train while Marylou and Galatea waited in the car. "You'll never get to California alive with this madman. He drove very fast. This was OK with Bull. us to New Orleans. Dean and I wanted Bull to take We were off to California. now he was studying things in the streets of life and the half a mile. We didn't know what to tell whole gang now." There was fog when we got to the ferry. We were waiting for some money to come Bull about Ed. bony Ed Dunkel ran across the railroad line and jumped on a moving head and strangely young face. Marylou. "Sal. When it came. We rode for Vienna. and we went back home at midnight. We spent a mad day in downtown New Orleans. Dean was crazy that day. walking 36 37 . Next day I got up early. as usual. Great beautiful clouds floated across the sky. I went for a walk by the Mississippi River. quiet fellow that you didn't notice around with the Dunkels.Dean. And a strange thing happened on the ferry that night.

and he and Dean rushed out for a beer. I through Beaumont." the kid said. and on into Houston. and Sabine. and I told him. Suddenly. we put on old shoes and got out into the rain. and we got in. now Marylou. We came into El Paso that evening. Kinder. She drove with one — Lawtell." I said. and so did I. other car stopped. and made enough money to get to San Francisco. Come "I'm on the wrong side of the road!" I thought. from behind. I drove through a little cow-town with a muddy main street. De Quincy. front of us. the other reaching back to me in the back seat. it was stuck in mud a foot deep. and drivers stared as they saw a beautiful girl sitting between two men didn't know it. then drove away. sweet promises about San Francisco. somebody to give us their ticket money and travel with us. Dean was pleased. bread and cheese from a store while the owner talked to a big Beyond Houston. On through Louisiana Marylou was driving. but couldn't find my way out. then drove on. I began to wish that I was back in New Orleans. and joined us. Dean got tired and I drove. "I want toward me. let's go and hit somebody on the head and Marylou and she sat in the driver's seat while Dean and I pushed get his money. and the mud on my clothes was hard when I woke We went back across the river on the ferry. "They did this get to San Francisco. "We're stuck in the mud. Every mile or two big trucks went by. turned west there. "or we won't I pointed my thumb back. Let the sun shine on your pretty skins. and it was Baton Rouge in purple darkness." he said. Dean slept for hours. the Mississippi at a place called Port Allen. but fall." Dean said. We went to the Greyhound bus station to try to persuade the car." on purpose just to ask the way!" They looked sadly at the floor of We tried the travel office where you go for share-the-gas their car. realized that the other driver was on the wrong side. "Dean. you to do the same. then on a highway to up in the morning. drove several hundred miles across snowy roads." instead of taking a bus to the Coast. man. "What do I do?" I said. about five and Marylou were asleep. where empty bottles rolled. a crazy young kid "What happened?" asked Dean. Suddenly I thought. I turned and went slowly back through hundred miles. We were near Fredericksburg. Rain began to farmer in another corner. I rolled back on to the road and. at the last in the front seat. into the mud. I fell asleep. but I was Soon we were crossing the Sabine River and saw lights in unhappy about it too. I pulled the car over into the mud again. "Which way to Houston?" shouted the driver. and moved on!" Marylou took off her clothes. There were four men inside it. and the — all without clothes. wake up. and Marylou Chapter 11 J o u r n e y to San Francisco stopped it. We woke up "Come on. and crossed snowing. "Texas! It's Texas! Beaumont oil town!" We went At ten o'clock. I started rides. over the Trinity River. He was hungry. Marylou let me drive. and Dean was sleeping. Eunice. All three of us sat right. He stopped once to take off all his the town. He swore. and the moment. I wanted her. but Dean Dean drove the rest of the way across Texas. to El Paso. Outside the town I suddenly saw two car lights coming clothes. In a minute we were covered with mud. We had hardly hand. "We have to get some money for gas. At Sonora. all drunk. "Now Sal. I stole The streets were empty at four o'clock in the morning. 38 39 . Then suddenly the Hudson slid wildly across the road. we didn't dare spend any money on food.

worried. "He was a crazy kid!" he said. and he jumped in the car and drove fast out of El Paso. can be a waitress. at his house "Wait until we get to San Francisco!" I told her." We saw one outside El Paso — a kid about seventeen years old — and Dean stopped. The watch was a birthday present from Rocco and the man in the store gave me a dollar for 40 41 . "and I kitchen to eat. there! "Everything. "Do you know a store where I can sell my watch?" And he pointed to a store near the station. "OK. the writer. ambitious." Dean came back. Then Hingham gave me five dollars. in Fort Lowell Road. I know a hotel where we can stay. They Now we had enough gas to get us to Tucson. kid!" shouted Dean. Immediately Dean said that we were going to Tucson. She put her arms around me. "We'll just have to pick up some hitch-hikers. He was in Arizona to write his book in "I don't care. and a beautiful sunrise." she said." she said. Marylou and I waited in the car. and went down the mountain with the engine off to save gas." Us? We wanted to get to San Francisco — and we were nearly "What are you sad about." I said. We arrived in Arizona at dawn. kid?" I said. coat and was smoking a pipe. He was a sad. We'll stay lonely man who wanted to get back to New York. I'm sad." I said. Arizona. "How much money do you have?" asked Dean. the people were wild. there. together. Oh. We were in the mountains . "He'll lend me five dollars. I asked the man at the gas station in Benson. across the yard in her own house. Can I go back east with you?" through letters from New York. and Dean drove weren't going to hit anybody. I pushed Dean and the kid out of the way. but Dean told him to get in the car anyway." peace. For a moment I was it. I woke up to find everybody asleep in the car. "I wish Dean wasn't so crazy. and his mother lived "When are you going back to Denver?" I asked. and I went back to the gas station. The kid had no money. Hingham had heard of Dean "I don't know. His wife and baby were with him. but Dean only wanted to have fun with the kid. laughing. Then I remembered my old friend Hal Hingham in Tucson. It was time for me to drive on. red mountainsides." she said. "Dean's going to leave me. and happy. We saw Hingham. The downtown streets were busy. They ran off. I got out. green valleys. His name was Alfred. Hingham was wearing an old "We'll have to get some money in San Francisco. His mother invited us into her "I know a restaurant where you can get a job.cool purple airs. I don't care.

and they all got into a Cadillac car and drove off. but now I care. to contact you in the morning. He got a job trying to sell stoves. At Suddenly Dean was saying goodbye. and the smell "There she is!" shouted Dean. Dean just didn't care. There were places where they cooked moving wall of fog beyond. . "Dean will home. and I got ready to go back drive away. You could see all of in. and the baskets were good The wonderful white city of San Francisco was in front of us . and the smell of living-room window in Liberty Street. We also spent and bars. with the blue Pacific Ocean and its red roast beef." "She ran away. and was waiting and Marylou. that we were not going to see one another again. and we argued a lot. saw what a prostitute she was. She saw me but did not make any sign. One morning Dean stood Chinese cooking floated in the air. The downtown office buildings were just putting on their San Francisco's green and red lights in the rainy night from her lights. She and we got in the car and drove all over Richmond to jazz clubs wasn't really interested in me. I bought some bread warmed up a tin of pork and beans and ate them. as soon as I've made definite "Where's Marylou?" he said. but he didn't sell any. you and Sal go immediately to a hotel and wait for me saving. then went back to the hotel room. hamburgers. Camille We eventually got a hotel room. leave you whenever it suits him!" Why did I come to San Francisco? I don't know. We took all our things out of by that window without his clothes on. whole nights in bed together. From the window of the room I Chapter 12 Goodbyes smelled all the food of San Francisco. And he drove on to the Oakland Bay Bridge and it carried us I rested for a few days in Camille's house. Marylou and I watched him received some money from my aunt. We got out of the car on O'Farrell Street. I walked around. arrangements with Camille. She had gone to see her girlfriend. the nightclub owner. I looked out of and made sandwiches to take with me on the road. "You see what a pig he is?" said Marylou. Dean went crazy and found Marylou somewhere downtown. . but I said. One night she disappeared with a At dawn I got on my New York bus and said goodbye to Dean nightclub owner. enough to eat too. the car. Marylou and I lived together for two days in the hotel. We can't go any further because there's no more land! Now Dean finally found me when he decided that I was worth Marylou. and we didn't and a rich old man. "We got here! Just enough gas! of Chinese food cooking . then about midnight we wanted me to leave. I had an appointment with her. Oh." I said. "No. picking up cigarettes from the street. for her across the street from an expensive apartment house. Then I and find out what had happened. There were seafood places out there. The last night the hotel window at the lights. 42 43 . He wanted to see Camille night we went to clubs and listened to wild jazz music. We were all thinking Suddenly she came out with her girlfriend." It was a sad and gloomy moment. There were places where they cooked thick there on its eleven hills. or chicken. He took me home to Camille's house. They wanted some of my sandwiches. where the bread was hot. and where the coffee was cheap. and watched the sunrise.

"I again. Tim Gray. "But we have a million things to talk "Then what happened?" I asked. was there . Carlo Marx.' so I beat my head on the wall." I said.no Babe Rawlins. and gets angry every time I'm late. her. But he loved her and followed her around town. "You've finally She held the gun in her hand for a long time. "Yes." "Not very good." has to die' and she said 'No. in the terrible dreams." He showed me his hand and I saw that it was injured. I went away and came back again. I got a gun and ran to Marylou's house. and she was little house now. In the evenings I walked in the dark. Nobody apartment where every night she entertained a different sailor. and then won't horrible doctor tried to mend it. I went to see a rich girl I knew and spent the night with screaming. 'One of us come to me. Dean Moriarty. I worked for a while in the fruit market — the hardest job Then one day he bought some bad marijuana. and I knocked on his door at two o'clock in the sleeping with a guy. and she morning. "The neighbors were worried. I had to have an operation. It was horrible So I look after the baby while Camille works. and their second baby was coming. you know that the same thing happened to her? The same Soon I was seeing the city of San Francisco again. listening to Camille crying. If started Camille crying upstairs. and I of my thumb and infected the bone. They sent for a doctor. And do a share-the-gas ride with four other fellows. I went in and gave her the gun and told her to kill me. or Chapter 13 Back in San Francisco spent the night staring into the darkness. and I can't work with it. Dean had bandages and showed me. "Sal!" he cried. and later we went out to buy beer and brought it back to the house." he said. and spent nights standing outside her Denver. heard Camille shout. Come in. Roland Major. I said. mysterious smoked too much of it. I immediately wanted to see Dean. Then I knew I loved her so much that I wanted middle of the night. She finally married a man who sells We began to talk excitedly in the kitchen downstairs. Sal. no car now. which cars. I ran to Marylou with some of that marijuana. He has promised to kill me if he ever finds me near her. and I broke my thumb. He had a to kill her. Sal. nobody. when he opened the door. "You're lying!" and a piece off the end of my thumb. "How are things with you?" I was crazy! And then she calmed me. but now I was here and suddenly he was going mad prison. about. I'll have to kill him. Dean had been quiet for a few necessary. In the morning she gave me a hundred dollars. After I left San Francisco the last time. And he had terrible dreams." So all my problems were solved." He unwrapped the Their house had four rooms and a view of the sea. Betty He looked through the window in the mornings and saw her in Gray. Man. hit Marylou the last time we met. was alone. Camille finally went to sleep. but a pin went through the top talk to me when I stay home. I thought about living there." He ran upstairs to calm her. by mistake. but I was lonely. "You've "Camille was away with the baby. visiting her family." she said. Ed Dunkel. bed with a boy. I didn't think that you would actually do it. come in!" "That was months ago. A "She cries. Ray Rawlins. and of my whole life. and woke up streets. Dean had been crazy In the spring of 1949 I had saved a few dollars and I went to about Marylou again. You'll see my 44 45 . and then I'll go to San Quentin months. "Take this money told me." Dean talked about a trip to San Francisco. and I got Then. "It got worse. and go have your fun.

I had been daughter. We decided to go out that night and listen to some jazz. tried so hard with my women. "Dean will be dead one day. counted it. about a place to sleep. at each other. without speaking a word. "I'll to stay home and look after the baby now that you've gone. And he was grinning the silliest grin I've ever seen. "and consider our circumstances on the way. as Camille lay in bed shouting "You're lying! You're lying!"Then "I think Marylou was very wise to leave you. "Camille called and said that you left her. and showed it to him. But you don't care! You broken suitcases of his life across America. you tell crazy women in Rome. "I him and tell them that this guy had troubles too. half-crazy." said we ran out of the house and down the street. poor Dean — "Camille is crying her heart out tonight. "What?" he said. together with the cries of the baby." I said. .beautiful little daughter tomorrow. He stood on the carpet in the middle of "Why did she throw you out?" I said. and I went on. Dean." she said. Marie. with an infected thumb. and surrounded by the "but she never wants to see you again. "Let's walk to New just stand here and do silly dances!" York. "He'll come back it. I've which Dean and I had to push down the street before it started. Then what can you say to when his money is gone." he said. and make her your own . and then he was They all looked at me. And We promised ourselves two days of fun in San Francisco then. and the "We're growing older. How get a thousand dollars for my book. I got my bag and packed it stared at me with a nasty look on her face. a six-foot blonde who lived in an know things. and apartment down the street." will be all right. We'll sit in him to come back or I'll kill him!" pavement cafes!" Dean was standing by the door. let's go to the jazz clubs and forget Ed had left her again and was in Denver. his hair was wild. let's go to New York — and after "Now you're going East with Sal!" said Galatea. Galatea. She had a little daughter. . "What? What?" Poor. You've done so Dean had not shaved. Roy Johnson and Dorothy. and I wanted to go and put my arm around I took out my money. all those places." I said. "Camille has that let's go to Italy. A few moments later Camille threw Dean's things on to the "Don't you realize you have a daughter?" living-room floor and told him to pack. "You have no sense of responsibility. I heard Dean's crazy "He didn't leave her. came and sat with out to a bar and I came back to find Dean and Camille shouting us. and I know everything without me. have eighty-three dollars so. Sal. Dean just laughed. and he was wearing a many awful things I don't know what to say to you." Galatea said. Paris. We'll go and enjoy all the can she keep her job? And if you see Ed along the road. Sal!" We went back to Galatea's apartment with Marie and her And in the morning Camille threw both of us out. confused. Galatea." Dean did care. and we went to see Galatea Dunkel and went to wait for us downstairs. I went through and locked myself in the bathroom. "She kicked him out!" laugh. Sal." Galatea went on. Dean. All he has to do is know that I love him. his wife. and an old car now you're ready to meet a girl." His eyes became excited. he walked out of the apartment before starting our journey. looking into the street. "We're beginning to three of us went to get Marie. "Come on. particularly Dorothy Johnson who packing his things into an old suitcase. yes. He's a fool." torn shirt." he went on. "What did you do?" them and did a little dance. "He can't look after himself him?" 46 47 . I understand what you tell me about your life.

and waited for Dean to wake office for a car to New York. "And he was a crazy one. The car we were summer." I said. Dean up again. "He'll be all right. As we drank the whisky. Nobody ever notices things We sat in the back and talked. But Frankie was afraid to spend her money when The people in the back seat sighed and began whispering they got to the garage. absolutely crazy. we'll get a travel-office car Denver. Later. I'm dawn and were crossing the Nevada desert by noon. thin guy who was on his way flowers in the fields and wanted to be an actress in Hollywood. and we traveled fast and crazy. on the way to Frankie's. And don't worry shouted.Frankie. Dean ran out of the kitchen door We went to stay with the family who had been my neighbors and across the field to throw stones at her window and to whistle 48 49 . and it was good to tomorrow. Jimmy and Lucy. Dean drove after Sacramento. The mother was a wonderful woman who drove coal trucks in winter to make Chapter 14 T h e R o a d Is Life money to feed her kids. and The tourists insisted on driving the rest of the way to Denver. about his driving. But they got tired in the morning like this. "We can't let him drive any more. She said that he which frightened the others in the car. I heard one say. when I was in Denver two weeks earlier. Nobody noticed.liked Dean straight away. who wanted to four dogs. We left Sacramento at reminded her of her husband. There were two Then there were the little ones. Suddenly Dean stopped the car and fell back in the himself to pick up college girls and take them up into the corner of the seat. calmly picked up a ball. Her husband left her years before when they were traveling around the country. everyone called her . and all the towns along the Nevada road rolled There was lots of beer-drinking. The road is A beautiful young girl lived across the field at the back of the life. a man and a woman — tourists. It was a hot. We still had a long way to go. house. Now Dean and I were going East again. mountains. The woman . Dean sat down on the pavement and beat together. "Don't worry. passing everybody and not stopping. sunny afternoon. home to Kansas. Her children were My stay in San Francisco had lasted just a little more than sixty wonderful too. He drove all the way to we walked along. And he swore until his face was purple. but it didn't matter. By the evening we could see the lights of about to buy an old car." "You can't get anything better for a hundred dollars!" he "He's not crazy. The eldest was a boy. who wasn't there that hours. but Dean immediately made himself Salt Lake City almost a hundred miles away across the flat responsible for choosing it. came out again. suddenly went into a sports store. Next was lovely thirteen-year-old Janet." said Dean. sleep everywhere. It was a hot. We started drinking a big bottle of whisky at Frankie's house. and singing. Frankie was by one after another." I sat back and Next day we went to downtown Denver to see the travel enjoyed the quietness of the desert. he's his head with his hands. I looked at him and saw that he was asleep. He drove with extreme care. telling you!" she said. sleepy afternoon and we played "catch" as and Dean got back into the driver's seat. This was because he wanted to use it country. who picked traveling in belonged to a tall. get out of the car in the city and leave these silly people behind. I warned Dean not to touch Janet. he's the best driver in the world. And they had other passengers.

his face pale. and fell on "Here they come!" somebody shouted." And he ran out." he whispered. Suddenly I saw cops and people outside. We waited in the dark yard. to her. rolled out. and she got a gang of college kids past us in the stolen car at ninety miles an hour. Dean ran out and stole a car that was parked outside. "Somebody's been stealing cars!" a cop was saying." "I'm not going out in a stolen car. and a few moments later he "Across the field. and said. saying."Then he came inside and had another drink. "He won't do it again. yes. went straight into the bedroom. and he listens to me. the bed. "I'm going out to get a really good car this time." I told him. He drove to downtown Denver and came back with a newer." I said. I tried to sleep." said Dean. Nobody noticed him. Suddenly he came back. worried.an old one. He stopped it outside together and I saw groups of people on the road. He was drunk. I took Dean back across the field. and drove away. better one. Dean was right behind the cop. Put your gun away. friend has annoyed us for long enough. "Where are they?" I said. Dean went coming after me with a gun. "Wait a minute. We got The mother was there. then drove it half a mile and left it under a tree. yes. "Your into it together. please?" I had to wake him up again to help me start the car. I was so drunk I didn't care either. and go for a big drive into the mountains." and rushed back toward the town again as we got out of the taxi. "What's the matter. but I calmed everybody a little. It's a beautiful car. After a few drinks. living-room was a mess! Beer bottles everywhere. The again I'm going to shoot and kill him. a new one. jumped into the nearest car. "Oh. talking about the stolen car. We went out returned with yet another car . "The girl's mother is Frankie and I got a taxi to take us home." Dean swore quietly as the girl watched from her bedroom window. "Whooee!" he shouted. "Let's all go riding. Suddenly. If he comes back here We got back into the house and Dean went straight to sleep. So he ran out of the bar and drove away. 50 51 . "I'm going to get drunk tonight!" Frankie wanted to go to a bar and drink beer. "He's my brother. near the hills. the house. A few minutes later he was back in a different car. and the three of us went out in a taxi to a place outside the town. with a big gun across her arm." she said." I said. Then he turned from down the road to beat me.

in the promised to take her for a ride in his Cadillac later. the car was in a ditch and the front was on the road. Dean arrived back at the travel office thirty minutes later. drive a Cadillac — a beautiful big car — to Chicago. I was angry We had to wait an hour for the car. he Kitchen." back? The passengers are all ready to go. and made love in the back of the car." muddy brown and some of the front was broken. I must get out of town fast." Dean said as he was We started packing. isn't he?" "to get gas. He came back looking pale. "Where were you?" Chapter 15 Driving East "I'm responsible for the car." she said. until it was dark and Ed Wall's was changing her clothes in her hotel room." the travel-office man said to him. Wall's ran out and jumped into the Cadillac. driving. "and yes. but began tree." Sterling." he said. His young wife prepared a wonderful meal for us in the big 52 53 . used some rope and pulled us out of the ditch. "Is he your brother?" asked the boys in the back seat." I said. "I thought you'd stolen that Cadillac. Sal. They went to a car park. The car was "He just went for gas. Now he took us name was Beverley. across East Colorado. He and Dean used to stand persuaded her to come to New York by bus later that week. told me later. fingerprints. "He's a The Cadillac arrived and Dean immediately drove off with it devil with a car. he's my brother. I ran to the corner and saw Dean waiting for the waitress who We drove away. In the morning. We said goodbye and hurried off along the road with We turned off the highway on to a dirt road that took us our bags. Dean went into town and chatted to a waitress in a cafe. Her around on street corners and whistle at girls. and he got big car began to slip on the wet road." He pointed to two Dean came back with the farmer in his truck." the door. They wanted someone to slippery. "That's and moments later we were rushing away from Denver at 110 a detective's car and every police station in town knows my miles an hour. He to walk to a farmhouse a quarter of a mile up the road." "The reason we're going northeast. and then he rain. "Just like my husband." I said. into his gloomy brown living-room. It was raining and the mud was wet and We were lucky at the travel office. "is because we absolutely must visit Ed Wall's farm in "He's a crazy guy. and I kissed Frankie and apologized. Dean slowed down to seventy miles an hour. We saw the light in Mrs." I said. "I want to see if Then Dean began helping the college boys with their luggage. "He'll be back. A moment later she farm was straight in front of us. because everybody was looking at Dean and guessed that he was crazy. Then Dean Wall was about our age." I said when he turned left and the had been driving up from Mexico with his family. and tall. We can still get to Chicago long before the Cadillac Every minute we expected to see a police car appear outside owner's train gets there. and the man college boys who were waiting with their suitcases on a seat. came back to wake me up with the news. slower now. don't worry. it will carry us East. and I fell asleep under a and disgusted with Dean and I swore. A moment later the back of tired and put them all on a train. The owner "You're still going too fast. "When's he coming "He's mad. Dean went to find the car again." The travel-office man said. He said nothing.

farm kitchen. listened. And front. He let the Buick get some distance away. Two cars in front of us were moving slowly over it. we followed them.. We waved and laughed as we went by They played until nine o'clock in the morning. "Don't worry. large truck was coming the opposite way. but by the time it got We gave him the papers and got out fast. muddy. ready to sleep till it was night again. and we went after him like a big bird. and that was the end of it. The road was crowded and everybody was car. A very underneath. then caught up boys. but like all women who live in and never hesitated." At 9 a." who "I'm going in the back seat. We took a bus back to to the bridge the other cars would be over. My eyes ached and I wanted to get out. who lived out on Lake By the afternoon we reached Illinois. waiting to pass. hot "We're in the big town. One of the boys day. The car was going 110 miles an hour and the brakes stopped working. pulled out to "Well. "I can't watch the cared? The musicians were still playing. who were glad they had got to Chicago in one piece. and Dean and I him. then we were driving off again. Dean the left side of the bridge. and that I was a very rich the moving truck. He was sure pass. traffic lights." said Ed. an hour. road any more. July Sunday morning in Iowa." I told Dean. I hope you boys get to New York. and no traffic. almost hit the country she complained that her life was boring. We stayed at the farm for about truck to look. and to rest for an hour. Mad Buick went crazy. But "Whooee!. and took terrible risks to stay in Dean and I went to a bar and listened to some jazz music. although he had our address and could have complained. I went to sleep at last and woke up to the dry. We went straight through sleeping towns. He started to pass the slow cars. and the car was a wreck. find girls. That night I saw the whole of Nebraska unroll before my We drove into Chicago that evening. and soon there were more scars on the car. and another narrow Shore Drive in an expensive apartment with a garage bridge. the moonlight. went straight on into the shadow of pretended that I owned the Cadillac. She was a blonde. leaving a cloud of dust behind us. almost hit the first slow car. "Dean. Then we said goodbye to those Dean. then went on again. then followed the college boys to a A mad guy in a new Buick car decided to race us. in and beer in the air. Sal! Whooee!" cried Dean. everybody came out of the club into the Chicago He laughed as I jumped into the back seat. and we took a bus to Detroit. turned right quickly and just missed the man and he was my driver and my friend. and just missed another car that came out from behind the that Dean had stolen the Cadillac. Dean came down on all this at 110 miles an hour It was time for us to move on. I tried to sleep. Dean drove crazily. don't drive so fast now. I to return the Cadillac to the owner." I said. It all took just a few seconds. with it. bright lights all around us. then Dean raced on. Now he couldn't stop at red again. truck's left front wheel. "Now watch." said shower. The garage mechanic didn't recognize the Cadillac. the smell of fried food eyes. It was time for Dean and jumped into the front." he said. but they were frightened of our big.m. We parked the Cadillac. We raced for eighty miles before the mad guy gave up and when the musicians moved on to a nightclub. There was absolutely downtown Chicago. turned into a gas station. but I couldn't. scarred car. He went small hotel where they got a room and allowed us to use their past. We never heard a no room on the bridge for the truck and any cars going in the word from the owner of the Cadillac about the condition of his other direction. We rushed out now and then in the Cadillac and tried to We stopped for breakfast at a cafe. 54 55 .

Five nights later we went to a party in New York and I met a girl called Inez. She was sleepy. "Dean!" I called to him. In an hour. We waited in the yard while he got ready. An hour later Dean was kneeling on the floor with his chin on her stomach. We were tired and dirty. and after that he has to get out. She was eighteen. beautiful — and dull. In the foggy night we crossed Toledo and went on across Ohio. We struggled five miles in a local bus with all our luggage. We spent most of the morning in bars. A few months later Camille had Dean's second baby. Dean and I were at my aunt's new apartment in Long Island. Dean and I got out of the bus at Detroit. and listening to jazz. arranging for the necessary divorce papers so that they could get 57 56 . The moment we were in the new Chrysler car and off to New York. But he soon got used to us." she said. the poor man realized that he was riding with two madmen. I told her I had a friend with me and that she ought to meet him. with a wife and kid and a good home. children — and no money. then went to find our travel-office car. Dean now had four of her beautiful breasts. and got to the home of a man who was going to give us four dollars each for the ride to New York. He was a blond fellow. In a few days they were talking on the telephone with Camille. "Dean can stay here a few days. and agreed to be friends for ever. Inez had a baby. "What do you want from life?" I asked her. Dean and I walked among the railroad bridges and fog lamps of Long Island. promising her everything. do you understand me?" That night. The man got tired near Pennsylvania. We were both drunk. in San Francisco. "Sal. So we didn't go to Italy. She didn't know. Dean fell asleep while I made conversation with a lovely country married. so Dean drove the rest of the way to New York and we got there early in the morning. about fifty. She yawned. girl who was wearing a low cotton blouse that showed the tops And a few months after that. chasing girls. and we went to an all-night movie theater and slept till dawn.

The brother and his my first time in New York without my old friend. I really do. Indiana. wandering I was getting ready to go to Mexico when someone gave me around. I've got to travel. smooth. then I paid my aunt the West Kansas. The I knew at once that Dean was going mad again. and a lonely girl. and night. So for the first time in our lives I said Terre Haute. Stan was coming with me. and I spent a week of afternoons in lovely proudly on the pavements of life. and small towns with a sea for the end of every street. Missouri. and when I get there her new baby girl. heard the the news. "Sal." I told him. dark and mysterious Ohio. I wish you weren't going. ordinary lives. That "Ed Dunkel." said Dean. and get old together. "He came back to Galatea. All the time wife had a job for the kid in Colorado. dawn in Abilene. and Cincinnati at dawn. that some day we'll be able to live on the same street In ten minutes he came into the bar with Stan Shephard. Did you know Shephard had wanted to meet me for years. and St. Dean! He bought bird of Shenandoah. getting up in the morning to walk Tim Gray." sunny pavement. Babe. He was a tall. From these pictures they would guess we had lived Henry went off to his brother's. and we never saw him again. guess who's coming to Denver. Chapter 16 Together Again in Denver By night. dark "That's what I pray for. at midnight. I got the Washington bus. Marylou got married to a man who sells cars. loving eyes and fall in wild lives on the road." He took out other pictures. Whenever spring comes to New Henry Glass was riding on the bus with me. cars in Cincinnati. "Could having a baby?" Then he took out a photograph of Camille and I go with you? I can get a hundred dollars. The shadow of a man crossed the child on the I can go to Mexico City College. I've been here I haven't had any girl but Inez — this only happens When we arrived in Denver we went to a bar and I phoned to me in New York!" Tim Gray. They with our families." hope. "I hope you'll be in New York when I get back. Louis in its great valley clouds of afternoon. and had parties every night for a week. one day. East Kansas becomes Isold my book and got some money. "How can he 58 59 . Denver boy with a big smile who moved slowly and easily. went out of my way to see the Blue Ridge. He was a twenty-year-old kid with curly hair. wasted some time there." he said. Later on. man. West a car and is coming out to join you!" Virginia. and that she's "Is it true that you're going to Mexico?" he asked me. Ashland. "Sal. and I Gray's house. rent for the rest of the year. He had just come out of jail for stealing goodbye to Dean in New York and left him there. I was back in the soft. "It will be and was on his way to live with his brother. it was agreed. Kentucky. and we started visiting all the bars in town. Babe Rawlins got me a neat little room realized that these were photographs our children would look at and we all went there. Stan. shy "Who's that?" I asked. Then Indiana fields again. They would not dream of our Denver bars where the waitresses have shy." loved Henry and bought him beers. Stan didn't want the new baby but Inez insisted. Dean. Kansas fields. OK. he went to sleep in Henry's hotel room and I stayed at Tim they're in Denver now. "I "You?" laughed Tim Gray. I Denver night. He got on at York. walked the night streets of Charleston. "I'm coming now. love with their customers. not forgetting all my troubles.

and was living in Denver again. He was with Roy Johnson. this trip is to get a Mexican divorce. City to see my cousin . Babe sat laughing on the couch. and "Do you think he'll let me come along?" asked Stan. I was in Babe's house when Dean arrived. There was a party at Ed Dunkel's brother's house. There were parties everywhere. Dean gets crazier every year. Dean got more and more whisky in the living-room. Stan was happily crazy. his face got red and sweaty. Galatea Dunkel was there. but everybody was listening to Dean — Shephard. nervously behind him. doesn't he?" the bank and buys a car?" I thought. I'm always ready to follow Dean. . cheaper and quicker than any other kind. He wasn't a tourist. "What happened in New York?" 'Officially. with her birdy eyes. So were Ed and Galatea Dunkel. " A n d on and on.• send money to either of his wives if he takes all his money out of he said. and none of Her aunt was called Charity. and everything is lovely. who all sat side by side in kitchen chairs. OK. old man. and we know that we are not now worried about a single thing. . rooms upstairs. Sal." I said. what's the story? When do we leave repeated everything Stan said and wiped the sweat off Stan's face. I went outside castle where we all drove later . and that's so amazing . and I sat around in chairs. He Charity. " "And Inez?" I asked. yes! We're all away in Europe. alert as a bird. watching us all drunk. somewhere. the bar and rolled across the dance-floor. "Listen. "I see everything is all right with you. and Dean was crazy about Stan. my boy.except Dean. Sal. hello. "Well. I' stopped in Kansas It was our last night in Denver and we made it big and wild. for Mexico? Tomorrow afternoon? Good. She was seventy-five years old and as us have really changed. together now and the years have rolled by behind us. and he shouted at Dean stopped outside in his old car. "Me and Roy are going to go to Denver University. and her aunt was living in the house with her. . There was even a party in a and Tom Snark. The news was that he was going to drive me to Mexico." he said." he said to everybody." 60 61 . don't we. who ran off to meet Dean. Camille agrees at last. so we arranged a big night — and it was a night we'll never forget. myself. Sal?" Well. Her mother was Dean was jumping up and down and saying. and tried to play the who had just returned from San Francisco with his wife Dorothy piano. Then late in the night it was just Dean and I and Stan "Well. She was trying to talk to someone. . He drank in this bar like the We were sitting around like this on a sunny afternoon when ghost of his father. Tim. Dean once lived at the Windsor with his father in one of the Stan Shephard. She was old but she was interested in everything And when we left the party that night and went on to the we said and did. She sat in her corner. Ed Dunkel stood "I'll talk to him. Tim Gray. Everybody was in Denver again. Ed looked happy and successful. Babe. and she shook her head sadly when we drank Windsor bar in one large noisy gang. and we introduced him to car. "Yes. Shephard and Tim Gray and Ed Dunkel and Tommy Snark in one Hello.

will have a Chapter 17 Across the Rio Grande good look around these streets. then Dean and I riding with his arm hanging over the broken door. and all the way from lazily at our luggage. Trinidad and then we were in New Mexico. Where was she now? then laughed because our Mexican money could buy so much Suddenly we were in thick heat at the bottom of a five-mile. We crossed the Mexican border at three o'clock in the stop driving. about life. and look at all the pretty daughters sitting It was afternoon. then went on toward time. driving into the town. We saw girls in front We drove on. We parked the car and went down the Spanish street into the "Mexico's a long way away. morning." thirsty river in the endless heat. and drove on through the We were ready for the last 150 miles. Sal. but everybody noticed everything we did." I said. and won't be out of it till this time tomorrow. girls everywhere! Then "We'll stop at the first hospital. and the town was dark and mysterious. Dean's car was a 1937 Ford. We passed seen a nurse and said he felt much better. hands on a snowy morning in 1949. from the back middle of the dull brown lights. then it was time to change our money. Old men sat on chairs. We smiled at everyone. Then at Childress we turned south on to a Beyond were music and all-night restaurants with smoke pouring smaller road to Paducah. rooms. where Marylou and I once held We bought three bottles of cold beer. He was went off to look around San Antonio. car till we stopped at a cafe in Laredo at two o'clock in the Then Dean was saying." morning and went into Nuevo Laredo. and everything Dean and I knew Dean came into the front to drive. lay the whole of America. You can see right into the front rooms of the houses. He had It was dark when we got to Colorado Springs. Is not hard to enjoy yourself in Mexico. "We'll be in Texas in a few minutes. but Stan's arm got worse. stopped at a place to get hamburgers. we rushed back to the hospital where Stan was waiting. Eat good. Now Dean out of the door. I drove to Fredericksburg. The Mexicans looked We reached Amarillo in the morning. It was very hot. boys. and we put our arms Walsenburg. and you and I. 62 63 . Watch your money. and I. and we could smell the Rio Grande Sal. Amarillo to Childress. had to sleep and Stan and I sat in the front and drove. scarves appeared suddenly in the dark." he said. "Now. Watch your driving. Stan. We stopped "Welcome to Mexico. Girls in white began to hurt and get bigger." said Dean sleepily. and we won't river. Don't Coleman and Brady. "We will find a hospital for Stan's arm. Whooee! Come on!" Dean. I slept in the back of the night. and we were driving through Colorado — around with True Love magazines." actually looked at us. and about life on the road. "so keep rolling. The air was soft and talking happily when a bug bit him. and Stan was We left Stan at the hospital downtown." a Mexican official said. A few minutes later. and in front of us were the lights of old San Antonio. books we had read. Behind us long hill. Guthrie. some Mexican cigarettes. his arm sweet. "Have good south of Abilene to eat on the highway. We around him and told him everything we'd done. listen to me. more than American money. men. Texas. only occasionally passing a house near a worry. and Abilene. Nobody seat. girls under the trees with boys. Dean and I told Stan the stories of the Mexicans watched us from under their wide hats in the night.

" said Victor. and could see the big town of Monterrey Later we stopped outside Victor's house and he came across sending smoke to the blue skies above it. A back under their tree and we went back into town. I'm married. We got back into the car and drove away with one last look at "Those my brothers.and there were Gregoria. then streams of gold pouring out of the sky and across the roof of the drove off on the road to Monterrey."I get you girls. Later they came across with some marijuana. amazed. "Sure. I had to struggle to see Dean. Entering Monterrey with his little baby. "Wake up! We've got girls waiting for us!" afternoon was long and cool. but Dean wanted child back to her. was coming. kid?" asked Dean. "You got any marijuana. My America across the Rio Grande bridge. but night "What? Where?" He jumped up. Victor wanted a woman. too shy to come out of the was like entering Detroit. going around and around (from the marijuana) and I had to rest I turned to Dean. Dean and Stan took girls into other rooms. I went with one of the girls to a small square room and we "OK. "My mother there too. The I woke Dean. flat country till we got to the town of Victor took us to a house in a narrow street . We wanted to stay there. across the desert." us through the windows. A few men were sitting lazily outside." made love. had promised to get Dean a girl. "I'll buy a girl. "Did you hear that?" it on the seat. OK!" said Victor. People from the town watched said. After a minute or two. again. at seven smoked it until it was time for the girls. Then the brothers went o'clock in the morning. I live downtown. Victor showed us the way to the girls. words to an old lady. Behind him. That my family. Soon we were climbing car! It was everywhere! among cool airs. Immediately we were in sister too. Music played loudly. but he was "No. "You buy?" he we began dancing with the girls. climbed back into the car. Victor took the talked about stopping to enjoy the excitements. man?" one of them said." said Victor. My head seemed to be "Where you going." Victor got into the car and we drove to his house the other side of town." I said smiling." Back in San Antonio I faithful to his wife. and we drove off to get to Mexico City. Dean and Stan were asleep in the back of the car. "Come with me." And we had to get to Mexico City. We house. others were drinking at the bar. "This boy Victor is going to show us where. It was a joke and a bet. and all the waited in the car while Victor went to the house and said a few signs pointed to Mexico City. I the girls. and slowed down to drive through it. and across the street and tried to sell me some fruit. "Who that?" asked Dean. Some of them were lying on couches across the dance- stopped at a gas station near sunny Gregoria and a kid came floor. "My name Victor. was his little wife. and then I could see We stopped for gas the other side of Sabinas Hidalgo." We the desert and there wasn't a light or car for fifty miles. tree. and we We arrived at Sabinas Hidalgo. I drove across the hot. among great long walls of factories. Victor's brothers smiled at us from under a "I've got to go there!" said Dean. group of girls walked in front of us. 64 65 .

and Dean was looking at me." and down on the pavement. As we climbed. whole families sat on the pavements. to get on with his wives and his troubles." I thought. I got my divorce from Camille at the black sky." he said. Sal. and the next thing I knew I was on a We stopped at Limon to sleep in the car. . We wandered around in an excited dream. stay with you. but it was too hot. Dean walked through it all with his mouth open Chapter 18 Mexico City and his eyes bright with excitement. The streets were alive all night. just as the last of the night-bugs threw any more. old cooler. ." he was saying. In downtown Mexico City music came from everywhere. When evening came. playing guitars and laughing in the night. I tried to sleep in the "Poor Sal. I jumped up "I've got to go now. Now listen back. Stan slept in he was leaving Mexico City already. There were big wide fields on either side of us. sad eyes. "Do you want girls?" No. I pray I can come back. and I'm driving back to Inez in New York tonight. watch us with their big. Then I got a fever . the air got me there. and he knew this and was sympathetic. Kids played football in dusty fields. When I got better I realized what a rat he was. "Goodbye. Taxi-drivers overtook us asking. the front seat with both car doors open. I didn't know who he was We found a gas station. Then suddenly we were passing crowded cafes and theaters and many lights. "OK. how he had to leave down at steaming yellow rivers below. Dean bed. he was standing with his old heat!" broken suitcase looking down at me. we were near the end of our journey. and the late sun was turning pink. "I'm dying of When I opened my eyes again. We drove straight down into the center of the town at Reforma. we didn't want girls now. brown. so I climbed up on to the roof and stared up to me if you can in your fever. We passed small Indian houses and children came out to Dean. Beggars slept wrapped in newspapers. I wish I could It was still dark when Dean woke up. "Stan will look after you." "Let's start the car and get some air!" I cried. but then I At dawn we drove up through the mountains and looked understood how complicated his life was. It was several nights later. The day was long. and got out and put a blanket on the ground to lie on. sick. I'll say nothing. themselves against the lights and on and around us. but I couldn't. Then suddenly a short mountain road took us to a place where we could see all of Mexico City below us. "Let's go!" I shouted. 66 67 . then ate beautiful steaks for half a dollar in a strange Mexican cafe with loud music.

. I can't help worrying .I want her to come back to San Francisco with me and hands. . We had six weeks to save the money for and I went with him and his girl. "Can I ride to Fortieth Street with you?" he whispered. "Said OK. . was sit at the back of the Cadillac and wave at him. ." was married three times. A In the fall I came home from Mexico City. We agreed to love each The last time I saw Dean it was under sad and strange other madly. twice divorced. and I have to be with you as much as possible. The last I saw 68 69 . and the only thing I could do about his trip. concert. And one night I was letter came for him to me. Remi me. Dean?" I asked. So I went up and there she was. the first half of the century. . and living with his He stayed in New York three days. . "Don't know why I came. liked me but he didn't like my crazy friend. and ready to take us. but Dean couldn't talk any more and said nothing. Of course. We all wait for you. "Want I don't know." spend the other half with us. Dean round-the-world trip. . "We — that is. and Little Joanie. "I'm making hot chocolate. long letter to say that he was coming to get meet. and I wanted him to meet Dean. yes. But then Dean arrived five and a half weeks early. He spent one night with second wife. standing in a dark street in Manhattan and I called up to a window "My heart broke when I saw you go away . But a pretty girl his friend to come and live in the same street . the truck. Remi Boncceur had arrived in New York after a go to San Francisco. ." Later he said. and then she threw him out. of course. Dean. And that night he live the other side of town — don't you think?" He looked told her that everything was all right and not to worry — and puzzled suddenly. nobody had any money for the truck." I said. Welcome with love and kisses to "Come on up." I said. Inez explaining and fighting. now. and it's so cold here in New many things to say to you. In the winter we planned to circumstances. and we still haven't talked of Mexico York . "Well. No. . Camille and I all Chapter 19 T h e Last Goodbye straight for ever-and-ever . "Goodbye. So now he ever. Absolutely. and that he would personally choose the truck to drive us had tickets for a Duke Ellington concert. It was from Camille. He had his Cadillac outside. he and my leaving you there in a fever — but no need to talk. I pray you'll get put her head out of the window and said. and insisted that Laura and our furniture home. then he jumped on a bus and rushed off across the country to yes. the girl with the pure and Amy. "Yes? Who is it?" back safely .• "What about Camille?" I asked him eventually. . it's the end of "Sal Paradise. Her name was Laura. Sal.waiting for me. Signed. "I wish I didn't have to go to the "Why did you come so soon." "Oh — so soon. yes?" And then he talked crazily for three hours So Dean couldn't ride with us. " "And Inez?" When Dean arrived in New York with the divorce papers in his "I ." she said. I wanted to see your sweet girl and — love you as San Francisco to join Camille and the two baby girls. dear Dean." He looked at me strangely. and I wrote to Dean and told him. I want Sal and where I thought my friends were having a party. . . of course . Camille. They did wrote back a long. he and Inez immediately got married." innocent eyes I had always searched for. " I whispered to Remi. I can talk as soon as ever. he wouldn't take Dean.

g someone's appearance? h a kind of food? 2 On the Road is a story about traveling. and all the time I was thinking of slim truck Dean and how he got back on the train to ride over three Which words refer to: thousand miles across the country. we shouldn't let him go like this. and never knew why he had a types of people? come anyway. then said. "He'll be all right. and all the people e a form of transport? f a seat? dreaming on it." So couch guy hitch-hiking kid jazz marijuana pie off we went to the sad concert. and now she almost began to cry Chapters 1-4 "Oh. ACTIVITIES I had told everything about Dean to Laura. and all that road. I thought. except to see me. Look at the picture on the cover of the book. "What shall Before you read we do?" 1 Find these words in your dictionary. 71 ." she said. Old Dean's gone. b a kind of music? So in America when the sun goes down and I sit and watch c a way of traveling? the long skies over New Jersey and think about the land that rolls d an illegal drug? away to the West Coast.• of him was when he went around the corner of Seventh Avenue. What do you think? a When does the story take place? b How old are the people in the story? c Are they rich or poor? d Do they have ordinary lives? After you read 3 Answer these questions: a Has Sal Paradise ever been married? b Where is Dean when Sal first hears of him? c What is Sal doing at the beginning of the book? Does he have a job? d Why does Dean come to see Sal in Paterson? e What is Sal's "greatest ride"? f Who does Sal stay with when he first arrives in Denver? 4 Discuss what you know about Dean Moriarty at this point in the book. I think of Dean Moriarty. They are all in the story.

Sal describes "a wonderful night. 11 Who: Explain why. barracks broke cop highway prostitute races Chapters 13-16 a A stopped us on the because we were driving too fast." Why do you think she is there? your opinion. b "He came in through the window!" a rainwater .Chapters 5-8 b drives off the road and into the mud? Before you read c gives Sal five dollars? d says she wants to be with Sal in San Francisco? 5 In this part of the story. I've worked on the railroads. f The owner of the Cadillac makes them pay for the damage. for four hundred 15 Are these sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. d Dean steals cars. travelers will finance their trip? 16 Work in pairs.fingerprint c "Excuse me. shared below. Camille. Marylou." meaning of the words in italics in a dictionary. and live in my brother's garage. Chapters 9-12 e Sal damages the Cadillac. event a success? c Dean is a careful driver. dollars a month. Talk about the way Dean lives his life. "A girl called Galatea just arrived Student A: You are shocked by his terrible behavior. and 6 Find these words in your dictionary. but I don't teach high-school French. sleeping in big." What do e gets a job selling stoves? you think his idea of a great night is? What is yours? 12 Describe the relationships between Sal. b We went to the and I put all my money on a horse. We were all thinking that we were not going to see one another d His girlfriend had left him and he was in bed with a again." b marriage . rooms. a Why did they feel like that? After you read b Will any of them change their minds? Why (not)? 7 Who says these words? Who to? What is happening? 14 Make a connection between these pairs of words. Express at my house." After you read e "I bought it. and we didn't care. After you read Student B: You think his behavior is interesting and amusing. 8 What does Remi ask Lee Ann and Sal to do to help him? Is the b Dean kills Marylou. I lost it Before you read all and now I'm 13 Remember the end of the last chapter. Sabinal. Then complete the sentences below." a A rich girl gives Sal a hundred dollars. Check the a "You've arrived! You finally got on that old road. 10 Old Bull Lee calls Sal and says. a is playing at Birdland? 72 73 .divorce d "We can hitch-hike to my home town. and discuss the questions c A lot of men were staying at the . 9 What is the purpose of the journey east? How do you think the h Sal travels west alone. Before you read g Dean becomes a father while he is in New York.ditch c crime . Dean.

Why do you think it is still popular? 23 Do the characters in the book share any sense of right and wrong? Give reasons for your opinions. Pearson Education. 24 Choose one of the people in the story. Harlow. In what ways do you think this is true? Answers for the Activities in this book are available from your local office or alternatively write to: Penguin Readers Marketing Department. Would you like them as your friend? 25 Some people say that On the Road is about a journey of self- discovery. .Chapters 17-19 Before you read 17 How do you think the story will end? 18 Read this sentence from the story: He was talking happily when a bug bit him. After you read 19 What is the reason Dean goes to Mexico? How does the story end for him? 20 How does Sal feel when: a Dean leaves him in Mexico? b he watches Dean walk away in New York? 21 In which year does the book end? What does Camilie hope for in the future? Writing 22 On the Road first appeared in 1957. Essex CM20 2JE. Write about their character and behavior. Edinburgh Gate. What do you think a bug is? Check in your dictionary.

They were the writers Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. first published in the USA in 1957. He goes to San Francisco. Dependent to some on his own. The loosely-structured writing style and the freedom of the poet Allen Ginsberg. Kerouac sought a ON THE ROAD New York for the first time.protest singers. of rebels who led the way for later movements of a complete novel. or he This is when Jack Kerouac (Sal Paradise in On the Road) didn’t want to. decided he wanted to be a writer. and his friend Neal Cassady (Dean Moriarty in the novel) Kerouac’s style was spontaneous and unconventional. It wasn’t long before he with the “American Dream” and society at large. and is based on events that Road. At first. wild parties. New York. They became key figures in an American social has remained a cult classic. Jack Kerouac lived a brief but full life.Kerouac joined the Marines for young people to question rather than accept the values they the latter part of World War 2. He then took a succession of were taught by their parents and teachers. and he found it impossible to. and wanted to find and describe the write. going from died before the end of the decade of an alcohol-related liver the East to the West of the US and back again by car. traveled throughout America. It is semi-autobiographical. taking drugs and enjoying sex. This may have been because subsequent novels such as Doctor Sax (1959) and Big Sur (1962) repeated the took place in the USA in the late 1940s and early 1950s. getting drunk.he had society was . On the Road Cassady. and punks. Their work encouraged helped when he broke a leg . They saw this jobs while trying to make a living as a writer. and by eleven had written men”. Indeed. he drank on the way there and falling in love on the way back. and of disillusionment English until he was six years old. and did not speak anxiety and anger. They BACKGROUND AND THEMES never have much money and have to rely on delivering cars for people who don’t want to drive long distances Four men who met at Columbia University. By this time he not as a destructive influence but as something very had already decided he wanted to travel. they are all characters in On the Road. adventures on the road involve meetings with girls. but Dean do not travel together until some time later. books. artists expressing anger and dissatisfaction with the way After leaving Columbia University in New York early . Their failure. Road to be so well received. covering huge distances in a and it was this as much as the content that caused On the very short time. expressed a mood that was common among and died in 1969 at the age of only 47. including plays and poetry as well as novels. He started at the age of They were perhaps the first literary group of “angry young ten. themes of On the Road. The Beat Generation’s unconventional views of life were © Pearson Education Limited 1999 . writing a sports news sheet. The Beats. but his success was not peace movement. They discuss traveling to the west of the US. the behavior and lives of the young people involved and a wild young man who was on a visit there. drink. ABOUT THE AUTHOR It was Kerouac who invented the term “Beat”. of rootlessness. which comes from the word “beatitude” (blessedness). staying with friends extent on alcohol and drugs throughout his life. He and more and more. doing casual work when they can. or “going West”. hippies. pure beauty of America. the anti-Vietnam war gone there as a football scholar. and 1946 were to become firm friends and fellow travelers sometimes stealing food. He was born into a young artists in the USA after World War 2: a mood of family with French-Canadian roots. When Kerouac traveled he was looking for a the Road he combined his desire to travel with his desire to positive experience. develop into other areas. is the Kerouac never repeated the international success of On the O most famous of Jack Kerouac’s many novels. in themselves. through life. He then tried to beat his alcoholism. He was born in 1922 or Beatniks. and gas. and the beauty of the “ordinary Despite writing some thirty published and unpublished people” who inhabited it. Neal captured the attention of the public at the time. and in writing On positive. The story begins with Sal meeting Dean when he comes to After his travels in the 1940s and 50s. and literary movement known as the “Beat Generation”. Sal goes traveling more solitary existence in the 1960s. level Penguin Readers Factsheets E T e a c h e r’s n o t e s 1 2 On the Road 3 4 5 by Jack Kerouac 6 UPPER INTERMEDIATE S U M M A R Y n the Road. all three students at the University.

) Ask students to refer to the map and the list of places Chapters 1-4 while reading the book to understand the enormous hitch-hike (v) to travel by asking for free rides in other people’s cars distances traveled in a short time. Where would they go. 1 Galatea is angry with Dean because he is irresponsible. perfect guy for the road”. 2 Sal’s “Southern relations watched. Further supplementary ACTIVITIES AFTER READING THE BOOK exercises. They feelings were also influenced by the Eastern religion of then role play the conversation the relations have when Buddhism. Tucson. Sal and his friends have left. fat and water that is baked) 1 In groups. They are practiced in the Before You Read sections of exercises at the back of the book. These are primarily for use with class crazy? Students find examples to support their views. students Communicative activities discuss whether Dean has generally behaved like a rat ON THE ROAD The following teacher-led activities cover the same towards Sal. covering shorter sections of the book. jazz (n) a type of music with a strong beat. Chapters 9-12 Those four men who met at Columbia University in New In groups. El Paso. and why? Chapters 13-16 ditch (n) a long narrow hole cut into the ground at the side of the road 3 Sal and the Denver businessman “had a long. and living for the moment. Cassady had a huge influence on Kerouac’s literary style. can be 1 There are many references throughout the story to the found on the photocopiable Student’s Activities pages of fact that Dean is crazy. Cheyenne. it was about being on the 1 In groups. students list the fingerprint (n) the mark made by the pattern of lines at the end of topics they think Sal and the businessman discuss.” In their groups. someone’s finger Chapters 17-19 bug (n) a small insect Published and distributed by Pearson Education Factsheet written by Tony Garside © Pearson Education Limited 1999 Factsheet series developed by Louise James . was about writing . much Is stealing acceptable if it is done to pay for “a journey through life”? admired by many with an “alternative” lifestyle. San Francisco. road because (a) they are trying to gain experience of life ACTIVITIES BEFORE READING THE BOOK (b) they are running away from reality 1 Tell students to read the introduction to the book. students discuss why they are “amazed”. 2 Students discuss: Why do you think the owner of the Cadillac does not complain to Sal and Dean? Chapters 17-19 Sal describes Dean as “a rat”. sections of text as the exercises at the back of the reader. Des It will be useful for your students to know the following new words. Do students agree that he is this Factsheet. They can discuss this in pairs. ask students to discuss why Galatea free-flowing letter writing style which became Kerouac’s feels this. listening to jazz (a huge influence on their literary style and women in the book describe sex but not love. barracks (n) a group of buildings in which soldiers live broke (adj) having no money at all 2 “Then the spring came. Life for them was Chapters 5-8 certainly not about conforming. and supplement those exercises. level Penguin Readers Factsheets 5 T e a c h e r’s n o t e s reflected in their appearance and behavior. ask students to imagine they races (n) an event at which horses race against each other are planning to travel around their country. New Orleans. the great time of traveling. In small groups. amazed” when but writing thoughts and feelings. trademark. Chicago. students to find examples to show that Sal and Terry being alive. warm divorce (v) to end a marriage legally conversation about life”. students discuss: York over fifty years ago remain cult heroes to this day. which it is necessary to understand in order to fully appreciate the Beats themselves. without hesitation or self-consciousness. ask students to list the possible reasons slim (adj) thin in an attractive way why Sal’s friends in Denver are not seeing or speaking Chapters 5-8 to Dean and Carlo. In small groups. can also be used by students working alone in The characters in this book spend so much time on the a self-access center.not necessarily poetry or prose as such. Ask with its free forms and spontaneity). followed in particular by Kerouac and Ginsberg. In small groups. as Kerouac tried Chapters 13-16 to use the same forms as Cassady did when he spoke. Denver. but with the exception of pair/groupwork 2 In small groups. Washington. Also. In pairs. (Definitions are based on those in the Longman Houston. Los Angeles. Active Study Dictionary. and cop (n) a policeman everybody was getting ready to go on one trip or prostitute (n) someone who has sex to earn money another. These thoughts and Dean. life are in love. students discuss the following: questions. readers. Marylou and Ed arrive at their house. Moines. they find the following places that Sal Paradise and his friends travel to: Glossary New York. of course. and this led to the In small groups. Most of the relationships between the men road. which was originally played by black Americans ACTIVITIES AFTER READING A SECTION marijuana (n) an illegal drug that is smoked pie (n) a food with fruit or meat cooked inside pastry (a mixture of Chapters 1-4 flour. them what kind of character someone needs to be “the Then have a class discussion. Ask (c) they don’t know what to do with their time. having wild parties. 2 Bring in photocopies of a map of the USA for students to look at.

6 (c) The brothers driving the truck smoke but don't discuss how their experiences would be different if they drink alcohol. Activities while reading the book 3 Sal describes the trip from Gothenburg to Cheyenne as the greatest ride of his life. (b) Remi loses all his money at the races. traveled across the USA in the late 1990s. © Pearson Education Limited 1999 . “Everything is going wrong. money. “I wished that I was wiser with money.” Before leaving San (a) Sal Paradise (b) Dean Moriarty (c) Marylou Francisco. level Penguin Readers Factsheets E Student’s activities 1 2 Photocopiable On the Road 3 These activiites can be done alone or with one or more other students. What kind of feelings CHAPTERS 1 . Look at a map while you do three examples from this chapter of Sal not being this question. (c) Lee Ann refuses to cook. who is a wonderful cook. (e) Longmont (a) How do you know that a Hudson is a large car as (f) Gothenburg well as a fast one? (g) North Dakota (b) What is the name of the woman Dean is with (h) Denver now? (i) Los Angeles (c) What is the name of the woman Dean has left in (j) Ogallala San Francisco? 2 True or false? (d) Which woman is the mother of Dean's child? (a) Sal thinks it's a good idea to get whisky by (e) Which woman is Dean's first wife? following a man down a dark street and robbing (f) In what way is Dean different from before? him. and the attitudes of society. public transport. etc. (f) A crowd of drunk boys spoil the party. In small groups. (e) All of Sal's friends in Denver are having a good time together. “Suddenly everything seemed to be going wrong. Which (g) Roland Major take place in Central City and which take place in San 1 A sweet girl. 7 The madman who wants to learn to write. 3 Remi's girlfriend. wise with his money. 2 After the night in Central City. (c) What does Sal mainly eat on his trip West? (a) Why does everybody say they don't know where (d) Why does Sal forget who he is when he's in Des Dean is? Moines? (b) What does Dean say it's absolutely necessary to (e) Why doesn't Sal stop for “the prettiest girls in the do for Sal? world” when he's in Des Moines? (c) What was it that made Central City a rich town? 2 Match the names of these characters to the descriptions. (d) There is only stale beer for breakfast. takes place in the USA in the late 1940s. 5 The friend in San Francisco who wants Sal to go with (e) Sal and Roland Major get drunk and are very him on a round-the-world trip. Dean. who is stupid and can do horrible things. (a) Columbus 2 Do you admire Sal for his attitude to money? (b) Cheyenne (c) Mississippi Chapter 8 (d) Connecticut 1 Answer these questions. 4 Activities before reading the book 5 The story of the travels of Sal Paradise and his friends (b) Sal decides to get off the truck at Cheyenne.” Give goes to first. so Sal doesn't see Dean as often as before. Francisco? 2 The man who quickly becomes good friends with (a) Sal has to ask his aunt for fifty dollars.” (d) Lee Ann (e) Carlo Marx (f) Remi Boncoeur Look at this list of the things that go wrong.4 does he have that make him think this? (a) before the trip? Chapters 1-2 (b) after the trip? 1 Answer these questions. Chapters 3-4 (h) Remi and Lee Ann have a fight. 4 The writer/narrator of this story. 6 Sal's old college writing friend. (g) Babe slips and falls flat on her face. Which five does Sal visit? Chapter 7 Put the five in the correct order to show which he 1 Sal says. rude. UPPER in the bar in Cheyenne. casual labor.8 (b) What kind of music does Sal listen to in the club Chapters 5-6 in Chicago? ON THE ROAD 1 Answer these questions. INTERMEDIATE popular music. second. Sal thinks. (a) Why is Dean Moriarty “the perfect guy for the road”? CHAPTERS 5 . Think about: (d) Sal thinks he has wasted his money on the girls cars. who is living in Denver. hitch-hiking. 1 Look at this list of places.

(f) Sonora 3 Discuss the kind of things that make Mexico an 2 What do the following people do that makes Sal want exciting and enjoyable experience. (c) Tucson. “Poor. Do you short time and see little of the places they pass think their friendship changes between the beginning through. to New York to live with Inez again? Sal. Later he “was angry and disgusted with Do you think they love him for the same reasons? Dean”. Put them in the correct order to show ON THE ROAD (h) They smoke marijuana. (e) Victor takes them to a place with girls. role play a conversation between Old Bull (c) They meet a young man called Victor. and Marylou? and Stan are in Mexico. (b) was wise to leave Dean? Choose one aspect of the discussion and write that (c) will have to look after the baby now that Dean part of the conversation between Sal and Dean.. Francisco.19 (b) Why doesn't Lucille like Sal when he's with Dean 1 Look at the list of things that happen when Sal. Dean and Marylou drive very long distances in a 5 Sal and Dean's friendship is a very strong one. to leave San Francisco so quickly? 4 At the end of the story Dean is going to live with Marylou Camille Dean Camille in San Francisco.. Chapters 11-12 1 Look at this list of places that Sal. (d) Houston. How much do they have to pay in fines altogether? (a) It's too hot for them to be able to sleep in the car. CHAPTERS 9 . 1 Who . (b) El Paso. (a) Benson. 2 Why does Sal think that Dean is “a rat”.16 – young people of the time and what they do. has gone? 2 Jack Kerouac and his friends were called “Beatniks” (d) thinks Dean shouldn't drive because he's or “Beats”. Is it likely that he will return 3 In pairs or groups. which they visit first.. (d) What do they steal on the way to New Orleans? (b) Sal gets a fever. (a) Why does Galatea want to catch up with Ed? CHAPTERS 17 . and Jane at the time when he becomes “tired of the (d) Dean gets his divorce from Camille. about 20 years after On the Road – their lives on the road CHAPTERS 13 . level Penguin Readers Factsheets 5 Student’s activities 2 Are you surprised by the way that Dean treats Camille 2 Sal thinks. What do you think were the main absolutely crazy? character features of Beats? (e) lives in the country and thinks her life is boring? (f) says Dean can stay for a few days. compared with what Sal and Dean did when they (a) will come back after his money is gone? were young. and after that he has to get out? (g) is going to go to Mexico with Sal? Published and distributed by Pearson Education Factsheet written by Tony Garside © Pearson Education Limited 1999 Factsheet series developed by Louise James . and end of the story? If so. how? do you think? Think about these things and decide which are most important for them: -changes in the countryside and scenery -the sense of freedom -the excitement Activities after reading the book -beautiful sunrises and sunsets 1 Imagine that Sal and Dean meet again in 1967. In -the sense of living life to the full small groups discuss what they say about: -meeting different people Can you think of any other reasons? – their lives now. Dean. go through on their way from New Orleans to San (g) They eat beautiful steaks.12 3 Do you think Sal is truly pleased when he learns that Chapters 9-10 Dean wants to go to Mexico? 1 Answer these questions.” and “this guy had his and Marylou? Why do they put up with his behavior? troubles too”. (i) They buy beer and cigarettes.. Dean and Marylou (f) Dean goes back to New York. second. second. etc. What is it that makes them want to do this. (e) Beaumont. etc. poor Dean . gang”. What is it about Dean that makes Sal say What do you think those reasons are? these very different things? Write a paragraph or discuss with a partner. Put them in the correct order to show which happened first. 2 In pairs. Look at a map while you answer this question. (c) The police stop them twice for speeding.