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by Annie Proulx
Ennis Del Mar Timeline and Summary
Ennis gets a job herding sheep at Brokeback Mountain with Jack Twist. He and Jack start up a torrid affair on the mountain, which they keep up all summer. But when the summer's over, he and Jack go their separate ways. Ennis is more than a little torn up about it, but he keeps it to himself. He marries his sweetheart Alma and they have two girls. He holds a series of low-paying jobs, which doesn't make Alma happy. Jack Twist comes to see him four years after their tryst on Brokeback and the affair kicks up again. With their romance rekindled, the two of them spend many years meeting every once in a while for a romantic rendezvous. Eventually, Alma figures it all out and divorces Ennis, who still sees Jack every now and again. Twenty years after Brokeback, Jack and Ennis go camping again. They fight over where their lives have gone and why they can't be together. A few months later, Ennis sends a postcard to Jack and gets a "Deceased" notice. He calls Jack's wife Lureen, who tells him he died when a tire he was changing blew up on it. Ennis suspects it was something more violent. He goes to visit Jack's parents, in hopes that they will let him have their half of his ashes so that Ennis can scatter them at Brokeback. Jack's Dad won't give him the ashes, but Ennis gains a couple of Jack's bloody shirts in the bargain. Ennis hangs the shirts up in his trailer, along with a postcard of Brokeback. He dreams about Jack at night: sometimes happy, sometimes grief.