| Quote #22
"We’ll all watch over each other," I said. Stan and his mother strolled on ahead, and I walked in back with crazy Dean; he was telling me about the inscriptions carved on toilet walls in the East and in the West.
Dean finds his own way to understand the differences between the East and the West.
| Quote #23
So Dean couldn’t ride uptown with us and the only thing I could do was sit in the back of the Cadillac and wave at him. The bookie at the wheel also wanted nothing to do with Dean. Dean, ragged in a moth-eaten overcoat he brought specially for the freezing temperatures of the East, walked off alone, and the last I saw of him he rounded the corner of Seventh Avenue, eyes on the street ahead, and bent to it again. Poor little Laura, my baby, to whom I’d told everything about Dean, began almost to cry.
At the end of On the Road, Dean travels east to see Sal, just as Sal once went west to see Dean. But Dean’s expectations are ill-defined, and in his confusion he leaves the East with the same failure of purpose as Sal once left the West.