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On the Road

On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

Drugs and Alcohol Quotes

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Quote #1

The whole mad swirl of everything that was to come 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. Carlo told him of Old Bull Lee, Elmer Hassel, Jane: Lee in Texas growing weed, Hassel on Riker’s Island, Jane wandering on Times Square in a Benzedrine hallucination, with her baby girl in her arms and ending up in Bellevue. And Dean told Carlo of unknown people in the West like Tommy Snark, the clubfooted pool hall rotation shark and card player and queer saint. He told him of Roy Johnson, Big Ed Dunkel, his boyhood buddies, his street buddies, his innumerable girls and sex-parties and pornographic pictures, his heroes, heroines, adventures. (I.1.12)

Sal’s associations with drugs are only through his friends; he doesn’t seem to discuss the two things separately.

Quote #2

"You got any money?" he said to me.

"Hell no, maybe enough for a pint of whisky till I get to Denver. What about you?" (I.4.10, I.4.11)

Sal prioritizes alcohol over food, which may explain his frequent bouts of hunger.

Quote #3

Montana Slim was asleep. He woke up and said to me,’ "Hey, Blackie, how about you and me investigatin’ Cheyenne together tonight before you go to Denver?"

"Sure thing." I was drunk enough to go for anything. (I.4.8, I.4.9)

Sal’s persona approaches that of Dean as he gets drunk – wilder and more reckless.

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