Study Guide

Big Sur Chapter 8

By Jack Kerouac

Chapter 8

  • Jack takes pleasure in the various animals that come with Monsanto's cabin.
  • He even puts out a nightly plate of cheese and chocolate for the resident mouse (proclaiming his "days of killing mice are over").
  • He takes a moment to catalogue the items in the cabin and out, from the smallest bugs to the largest mountain.
  • Jack is so relaxed, he again asks how he could possibly go insane within three weeks. But then he adds: "there are signposts of something wrong."