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On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
Old Bull Lee Timeline and Summary
Bull calls Sal’s Aunt’s house, telling Sal, Dean, and Ed to get over to New Orleans and take care of Galatea. Bull’s history is revealed, which details his knowledge, his role as a teacher, his penchant for drugs and new experiences, and his love for Shakespeare and Mayan Codices. He smokes marijuana with the rest of the gang. He shows off his gun collection. His relationship with his wife is detailed as close and soulful. We meet his children. Bull takes the gang to a bunch of crappy bars to demonstrate that bars these days are no good. He psychoanalyzes Dean and decides that Dean is headed for disaster. He tells Sal that he ought to stay in New Orleans rather than continue on with Dean. Bull shoots up in the bathroom. He has fun throwing knives at a wooden target. Bull loses money at the racetrack and berates himself for not realizing the importance of Sal’s vision of his dead father. He shoots up in the bathroom again.