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On the Road

On the Road


by Jack Kerouac

On the Road Part 1, Chapter 5 Summary

  • Our narrator has a whole seven dollars, so he spends five on his first night, because he hasn't learned his lesson from the last time. Last times.
  • The narrator and Slim get drunk at a bar and the narrator hits on a waitress who says...no thanks.
  • They meet two girls, one hot and one portly. The narrator, of course, goes for the hot one. He fails...again.
  • He sleeps in the bus station, which is most certainly NOT helping him get a girl.
  • He wakes up after sleeping for a bit, and his friend Slim is gone. But everything will be OK once he gets to Denver.
  • The narrator is all pumped up about Colorado and to celebrate, he gets all hot and bothered over another waitress. No dice, though.
  • He makes it to Larimer Street in Denver, quite ecstatically.

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