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.