They end up at Sal's Aunt’s house, and receive a call from Old Bull Lee who’s chilling out in New Orleans.
Remember the girl they ditched on the road (Galatea Dunkel)? And how they treated her like a complete tool? Well she’s there with Old Bull Lee, calling to make sure that Ed is doing well and is happy. Sal thinks she's "a tenacious loser."
Camille calls for Dean. What are they running, an international whorehouse? Someone asks that, we didn’t make it up.
Carlo shows up, all brooding and with his poetry. He’s been in Dakar.
They all sit around on the floor and Carlo asks them about the meaning of life. Well, he asks them about why they’re doing whatever it is they’re doing.
They don’t know what else to do, so they decide to go. Sal’s aunt comes, too.
Dean and Sal switch off at the wheel and make it to Virginia in ten hours.
Dean talks about God the whole way – how he simply has to exist and how they "know time." Hmmm. He’s talking like a crazy person, or a sane person on a lot of drugs.
Sal lets us know that he himself drives slowly and carefully.
Sal remarks in retrospect that this craziness and talk of God is the beginning of Dean’s "mysticism" which will later lead into his saintly phase.
Speeding ticket. Bummer. And it was the one time when they weren’t actually speeding.
Sal’s aunt is totally awesome and gives the cop a good talking to. She also pays for the speeding ticket.
Sal comments on how his aunt has nothing to be ashamed of, but Dean and Sal do. Hmm.
This transitions strangely into talk of men and women – that men should ask for forgiveness (Sal’s aunt says this), that Marylou shouldn’t be such a hassle (that was Dean), and that no one actually understands women (Sal, of course).