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Dean Moriarty Timeline and Summary

  • Dean comes east, interested in intellectual pursuits.
  • He goes out drinking and meets Carlo Marx.
  • Dean is in Denver, sleeping with both Camille and Marylou.
  • He meets up with Sal and Carlo and they all go out together.
  • He and Carlo take drugs and try to connect to each other’s souls while Sal watches. Or sleeps. They’re not really sure.
  • Dean is with Carlo in a stolen car in Central City.
  • He sort of searches for his father in Denver.
  • Dean was apparently in Sal’s home at New York, but leaves right before Sal returns.
  • After he gets a letter from Sal, Dean shows up in New York, along with Marylou and Ed Dunkel.
  • He, Sal, Ed, and Marylou drive furniture to Sal’s brother’s new house.
  • Dean, Sal, Ed, and Marylou wash dishes to pay for their food.
  • Dean guns it to Virginia in ten hours.
  • Along the way he insists that he and Sal know God and time and everything will be OK.
  • He gets a speeding ticket.
  • He is unable to explain his decisions to Carlo before they leave for New Orleans.
  • Dean convinces Sal to have sex with Marylou while he watches, but Sal bails out.
  • Dean has some cuts from a physical fight with Marylou.
  • They all take off for New Orleans.
  • He convinces Marylou to keep sleeping with him once he goes back to Camille in San Francisco.
  • Dean is arrested for speeding…on the wrong side of the road.
  • He picks up a Jewish hitchhiker and drives him to Testament.
  • Dean tells the story of how he lost his virginity and makes sexual advances toward Marylou while driving.
  • Dean arrives in New Orleans along with Sal, Marylou, and Ed.
  • Despite all the drama at the Lees’ house, Dean just wants some food.
  • Dean gets high at the Lees’ house.
  • Dean competes in races with Sal and wins.
  • Dean gets a little turned on by Bull’s daughter.
  • He and Ed teach Sal how to hop freight trains.
  • He leaves for California with Sal and Marylou.
  • He pulls the car over in a swamp area, turns the lights off, and tells scary stories.
  • He works with Sal to steal food, since they have no money.
  • He gets naked while they drive and convinces Marylou and Sal to do the same.
  • Dean has sex with Marylou in the car while Sal is sleeping.
  • Dean runs off for a night with a homeless man.
  • He picks up a man with a crippled hand.
  • Dean charms a suspicious policeman and gets them off the hook.
  • He stops to pick up a musician on the road.
  • After they drive up some high terrain, Dean conserves gas on the way downhill – not using any gas for a solid thirty miles.
  • He arrives in San Francisco with Sal and Marylou.
  • He immediately takes off to go find Camille, leaving his friends without money, food or a place to stay.
  • He finally decides to save Sal from certain starvation by bringing Sal to Camille’s place.
  • He goes out with Sal to chill with Sam Gaillard.
  • He ends up back with Marylou. Momentarily, anyway.
  • He apparently goes back to Camille, again, because that’s the situation when Sal shows up.
  • He is fighting with Camille about his madness.
  • In his story to Sal, we find out that he smoked some uncured marijuana and went nuts over loving Marylou.
  • Dean hit Marylou and it crippled his hand (thumb, really) forever.
  • He and Sal decide to go to Italy, and have an awkward friendship moment.
  • He and Sal get chauffeured around San Francisco by Roy Johnson.
  • Dean gets dubbed the "Holy Goof" while everyone criticizes him for his life choices.
  • Dean takes Sal out for one last night in San Francisco; he sees people that look like Bull and Carlo.
  • Dean drags Sal to Denver to look for his missing father.
  • On the way, he talks to Sal about musicians and how they have IT.
  • Dean may be willing to have anal sex for money, but it never quite comes to that.
  • Dean proceeds to demonstrate Bull’s bad driving for several hundred miles.
  • Dean gets yelled at by Sal for pointing out their age difference. Then he cries.
  • He is brought to the house of Sal’s former neighbors and told not to hit on the young girl.
  • He tries to get Frankie to buy a car and is super angry when she won’t spend the money for it.
  • He finds out that his father may be in New England.
  • Dean sees his cousin, Sam, who wants nothing to do with him.
  • He briefly expresses a desire for Marylou.
  • He lusts after a Mexican girl and makes Sal follow her around with him.
  • Dean steals a softball and breaks one of Janet’s records.
  • He steals a car in Denver. Then another car. And then a few more for good measure.
  • He is forced to flee Denver with Sal, because of the stolen cars and the cops that tend to follow massive bouts of grand theft auto.
  • He picks up a Cadillac at the travel bureau.
  • He fools around with a waitress, Beverly, whom he decides he should marry just as soon as he can divorce Camille.
  • He heads for Chicago with some college boys in the back seat.
  • He breaks the speedometer – that’s the first thing to go.
  • Dean takes a corner too fast (after a warning from Sal) and ends up in a ditch.
  • Dean agrees with Sal that the farmer’s daughter on the side of the road is the most beautiful girl either of them have ever seen.
  • He stops to see Ed Wall.
  • He tells the story of meeting Marylou when she was only fifteen.
  • He races a hipster Buick and wins.
  • Sal dubs Dean "The Angel of Terror."
  • Dean has a minor car accident. The people in the other car later point them out to the cops as suspicious characters in a probably stolen car.
  • Dean is stopped by the cops, but it’s not a problem.
  • Dean and Sal make it to Chicago.
  • He and Sal have a crazy jazz night. Dean insists that the musician George Shearing is God.
  • He and Sal end up in Detroit.
  • He ends up back in New York with Sal.
  • Sal introduces Dean to Inez. Dean marries her shortly after, and has a child with her.
  • Dean settles in New York with Inez, parking cars and conning for spare change.
  • He gets quieter and starts making "Tao decisions."
  • Before Sal leaves New York, Dean and he make plans to be old together.
  • Dean heads for Denver to join the trip to Mexico. Sal compares him to the Shrouded Traveler.
  • Once he reaches Denver, he is "finally an Angel" – according to Sal.
  • He gets to Mexico along with Sal and Stan.
  • He remarks that Mexico is like heaven.
  • Dean communicates with Victor despite their language barrier.
  • He goes to a brothel with Victor, Sal, and Stan.
  • Dean spends time with Victor instead of getting clean at the bathhouse.
  • Dean drives them into the jungle and they sleep outside with the insects.
  • Dean, like Sal, sees the white horse and dogs while sleeping.
  • Dean digs a small Indian girl they pass on high terrain. He gives her a watch in exchange for a rock crystal.
  • He arrives in Mexico City with Sal and Stan.
  • Dean abandons a dysentery-ridden, feverish Sal to head back to New York and Inez.
  • As soon as he gets back to New York, Dean takes off for San Francisco and Camille again.
  • When he hears that Sal is back in New York, Dean makes plans to meet him in a few weeks, but shows up within days instead.
  • He wants Inez to come to San Francisco, but she won’t do it.

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