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What are the fine beverages in Raoul Duke’s suitcase in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”?

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

In Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Raoul Duke and his attorney are on the edge of the desert somewhere around Barstow and in the heart of bat country. When Duke pulls over to let his attorney do some driving, he pops the trunk to reveal his suitcase full of vices. There are three fine beverages in the suitcase. Can you name them all?

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  1. Jeff | Monday, December 8, 2008

    What? No. We can’t stop here. This is bat country.

  2. Jesse Porter | Monday, December 8, 2008

    I was Raoul Duke for Halloween in ’06, and I memorized the whole soliloquy. Lets see if I can remember it. (The quantities might be off.)

    We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt-shaker half full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, screamers, downers, laughers… also a case of beer, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a pint of raw ether, and five dozen amyls. Not that we’d need all that for the trip, but [something about getting into] a serious drug collection, the tendency is to [push/take?] it as far as you can.

    Any upcoming articles in MM about “raw ether?”

  3. Katie | Tuesday, December 9, 2008

    I’ve actually got a version of “One Toke Over the Line” that starts out with that soliloquy, but in the book, he follows it by saying: But the only thing that worried me was the ether. There is nothing more irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we would be getting into that rotten stuff sooner or later.

    Long Live GONZO!!!

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