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On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
On the Road Part 3, Chapter 5 Summary
They end up in what Dean calls a Plymouth, which isn't a very fun car because it doesn’t have that nice zoomy feeling. Dean talks about the musicians last night and how they had IT. Finally Sal talks. What the subject? His childhood and the car ride games he used to play. Dean and he bond over their conversation. Sal reveals another vision, this one from his childhood: he was on a white horse and jumping over obstacles. Dean shared the thoughts. They get overexcited and disruptive in the back seat, because now they have IT. Everything will be OK once they get to Denver, where they will know IT and they will know TIME. They are taken into a hotel room by a man who hits on them. Dean tries to get money from him, but the man gets suspicious and kicks them out. Dean takes the wheel, and to demonstrate Bull’s bad driving, almost hits several trucks – purely for example. Sal speaks of soul connections, and Dean is so overwhelmed he pulls over and collapses asleep, while his bandaged hand remains up in the air. The passengers in the back seat freak out and say Dean can’t drive anymore, he must be crazy, etc. Sal defends him. Dean wakes up and realizes he’s in the place of his birth, which is hugely symbolic and worthy of several moments of reflection and going "weee-ahhhzz"! The make it to Denver! Everything will be OK once they’re on the road again.
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