Part 3, Chapter 1 Notes from On the Road

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On the Road Part 3, Chapter 1

Sal returns to Denver in the spring of '49 with money from his GI checks. He plans to settle down there but is disappointed when he finds that no one from the old gang is present. He works at a fruit wholesaler and wanders the streets looking for people.

"At lilac evening I walked with every muscle aching among the lights of 27th and Welton in the Denver colored section, wishing I were a Negro, feeling that the best the white world had offered was not enough ecstasy for me, not enough life, joy, kicks, music, not enough night." Part 3, Chapter 1, pg. 180

Unhappy with his own identity, he wishes he could find Dean. He goes to a baseball game and everyone reminds him of Dean or Marylou. He speaks of himself as dead. He goes to see a rich girl who gives him a hundred dollars to go to San Francisco. Getting a ride with the travel bureau for eleven dollars, he arrives at Dean's house at two in the morning and finds Dean, naked.

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