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On the Road

On the Road


by Jack Kerouac

Terry Timeline and Summary

  • Terry meets Sal in the bus station – she likes that he is a "nice college boy."
  • Then she suspects that he is a pimp and freaks out.
  • Terry apologizes for her suspicions and makes up for it by having sex with Sal.
  • They bum around L.A. together.
  • They have no money, but get drunk together.
  • Turns out that Terry has a child and has abandoned her abusive husband.
  • She and Sal hang out with her brother, Rickey, and put off until tomorrow what really needed to be done yesterday.
  • She helps Sal pick cotton and doesn’t want him to leave.