| Quote #25
Horrible nauseas possessed us in the morning. First thing Dean did was go out across the cornfield to see if the car would carry us East. I told him no, but he went anyway. He came back pale. "Man, that’s a detective’s car and every precinct in town knows my fingerprints from the year that I stole five hundred cars. You see what I do with them, I just wanta ride, man! I gotta go! Listen, we’re going to wind up in jail if we don’t get out of here this very instant." (III.8.1)
Dean consistently puts Sal in undeserved danger.
| Quote #26
I asked him the circumstances of his being in LA in 1944. "I was arrested in Arizona, the joint absolutely the worst joint I’ve ever been in. I had to escape and pulled the greatest escape in my life, speaking of escapes, you see, in a general way." (III.9.7)
Dean raises an interesting point here about escapes – if one is speaking about escapes in the general way, then what might Dean and Sal actually be escaping from? Notions of the Shrouded Traveler come to mind.
| Quote #27
The cop came out. "Were you in an accident coming in"
Dean’s criminality is immediately evident to those around him.