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On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
On the Road Part 3, Chapter 8 Summary
Dean is screwed because he left his fingerprints all over the stolen cars. Time to peace out. Frankie again comments that Dean is like her crazy husband that left her. They go to a travel bureau and there’s an opportunity to drive a Cadillac. Uh-oh. The first thing Dean does is...pretend it’s his Cadillac to pick up a waitress. The second thing he does is break the speedometer when he passes 100 mph. By the way, there are some Jesuit boys in the back seat of the Cadillac and they’re headed for Chicago. Dean talks about how Beverly (the waitress he was hitting on) is going to come to New York and marry him as soon as he can divorce Camille. Everything will be OK once they get out of Denver. Dean takes a corner too fast and they end up in a ditch on the side of the road, with much swearing and anger from Sal. Sal explains to the boys in the back seat that Dean is his brother. We’ve heard this before. A farmer helps them out; his daughter is definitely the most beautiful girl they’ve ever seen. She’s sixteen. Dean recalls stories from his past as they travel. Again, we’ve heard this before. They stop to meet Dean’s old friend, Ed Wall, and Sal astutely comments that Ed used to be Dean’s "old brother" as he himself is now. Ed is convinced that Dean stole the Cadillac. If we didn’t know better, that would have been our first guess, too.
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