Part 5, Chapter 1 Notes from On the Road

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On the Road Part 5, Chapter 1

On the way back to New York, Dean stopped in Gregoria again. His car died in Louisiana. He hitched back to New York and married Inez. Not long after, he left her and returned to Camille. In the fall, Sal returns to New York. As he walked and hitched back into the United States, he met a man who told him to "Go moan for man." Part 5, Chapter 1, pg. 306 Not knowing what to make of this, he kept walking. Back in the city, Sal meets a girl.

"So I went up and there she was, the girl with the pure and innocent dear eyes that I had always searched for and for so long. We agreed to love each other madly. In the winter we planned to migrate to San Francisco, bringing all our beat furniture and broken belongings with us in a jalopy panel truck." Part 5, Chapter 1, pg. 306

Dean writes Sal an 18,000 word letter saying that he was coming to drive them west personally. He arrives early, in the middle of the night and tells stories of L.A. and Camille. Dean wants to bring Inez to L.A. Camille sends him a letter. The last time Sal sees Dean is with a fat and unhappy Remi Boncoeur who wants them to go to a concert. He says goodbye to Dean who is walking off around the corner. They wave in the cold and never see each other again.

"So in America when the sun goes down and I sit on the old broken-down river pier watching the long, long skies over New Jersey and sens all that raw land that rolls in one unbelievable huge bulge over to the West Coast...I think of Dean Moriarty, I even think of Old Dean Moriarty, the father we never found, I think of Dean Moriarty." Part 5, Chapter 1, pg. 309-10

This is where the tale ends: Dean walking alone around a corner; Sal preparing to go west with his new love.

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