Big Sur - Chapter 34 & 35 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 34 & 35 Summary

In the thirty-forth chapter, the circumstances Kerouac has perpetuated have begun to send him toward insanity in earnest. While Dave and Romana are away in town getting supplies, he and Billie are on the beach as Billie talks about killing herself and Elliot if she and Jack do not marry. This is the setting for his St. Carolyn by the sea vision, and his realizing that he has missed his opportunity to meet author Henry Miller because of his drinking. Billie's insanity has now revealed itself to the point that she has openly beaten Elliott and insists on openly making love to Kerouac even while the little boy begs her to stop.

The thirty-fifth chapter brings Dave back from his fishing trip proudly showing off his recently caught fish to find Kerouac weakened and discouraged by his latest sexual experience with Billie. Kerouac...

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