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On the Road

On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

Madness Quotes

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Quote #4

The following ten days were, as W. C. Fields said, "fraught with eminent peril" - and mad. I moved in with Roland Major in the really swank apartment that belonged to Tim Gray’s folks. We each had a bedroom, and there was a kitchenette with food in the icebox, and a huge living room where Major sat in his silk dressing gown composing his latest Hemingwayan short story - a choleric, red-faced, pudgy hater of everything, who could turn on the warmest and most charming smile in the world when real life confronted him sweetly in the night. (I.7.1)

Sal often connects notions of madness with danger.

Quote #5

On the wall was a nude drawing of Dean, enormous dangle and all, done by Camille. I was amazed. Everything was so crazy. (I.7.19)

Sal sees madness in all aspects of Dean’s life, including his relationships with women.

Quote #6

And Carlo began his monkey dance in the streets of life as I’d seen him do so many times everywhere in New York. (I.7.25)

Carlo, too, possesses a madness that knows no geographical limitations.

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