| Quote #16
A couple of Negro characters whispered in my ear about tea. One buck. I said okay, bring it. The connection came in and motioned me to the cellar toilet, where I stood around dumbly as he said, "Pick up, man, pick up."
Sal’s drug use is one of the contributing factors to his money problems.
| Quote #17
Terry and I had to decide absolutely and once and for all what to do. We decided to hitch to New York with our remaining money. She picked up five dollars from her sister that night. We had about thirteen or less. So before the daily room rent was due again we packed up and took off on a red car to Arcadia, California, where Santa Anita racetrack is located under snow-capped mountains. It was night. (I.13.8)
Sal experiences poverty in its most extreme form when he is with Terry. This raises interesting questions about love and relationships, and their potentially detrimental effects.
| Quote #18
I whipped out my last shining five-dollar bill which stood between me and the New Jersey shore and paid for Terry and me. Now I had four bucks. Terry and I looked at each other.
Sal doesn’t recognize the responsibility of having a family that depends on him. For the short time that he plays the role of husband to Terry and father to her son, he becomes as poor a provider as Dean is to his families. He also abandoned his pseudo-family in the same way, and due to the same restlessness.