Thursday, January 3, 2019

Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums Chapter 12 in one sentence

Your assignment for today was to read Chapter 12 of The Dharma Bums and summarize it in one sentence. Below is my one-sentence summary -- post yours as a comment. I'd also love to see general comments about the chapter, or questions.

The Dharma Bums Chapter 12 in one sentence:
Ray is amazed by the wisdom Morely showed by waiting behind, but then sees Japhy literally running down the mountain and realizes "it's impossible to fall off mountains you fool," so Ray joins him and they surprise Morley at the lake, Ray tells Japhy when he saw him running down the mountain he suddenly understood everything and Japhy calls it a moment of satori, Ray expresses shame at not making it to the top, they head down and rest at the big rock where they have a little to eat and a lot of tea, they start down again in the moonlight leaping boulder to boulder, Ray can't go on because of his blisters so Japhy trades his protective boots for Ray's thin sneakers, they rest in the alpine meadow, Morley and Japhy talk a blue streak, they finally reach the car and their first stop is the lodge to return Morley's blankets, Japhy balks at the first place they stop to eat because he isn't dressed well enough, at the second they have a "raving great dinner," after which Ray buys a bottle of muscatel at a liquor store, and they drive back to San Francisco through the night "drinking and laughing and telling long stories," Japhy and Ray sleeping along the way until they reach Berkeley and Ray crawls into bed in his cottage and sleeps till late afternoon, arising to find the veins in his feet all cleared -- he had "worked the blood clots right out of existence."

Your next assignment is to read The Dharma Bums Chapter 13 and post a one-sentence summary.

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