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by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Judy Jones Timeline and Summary
Judy Jones is eleven when she first arrives at the Sherry Island Golf Club to take golf lessons. Dexter Green spots her at the caddy house throwing a tantrum at her nurse, Hilda.. Fast forward seven years, and Judy is nineteen and lovely. She is playing golf one afternoon and hits Mr. T.A. Hedrick in the stomach with a stray ball. She seems amazingly unconcerned and unapologetic. It seems she's just as cruel and self-absorbed as she was as a child. That night, Judy rows her canoe out to a platform near the Sherry Island Golf Club; she is trying to avoid a man in her house who is about to declare his love for her. There, Judy meets Dexter properly for the first time, and she asks him to her house for dinner the next night. They start an affair, but Judy never gives up her other lovers. Finally, Dexter turns his attention from Judy to Irene Scheerer. After about two years, Judy meets Dexter at a party. Judy cannot understand why she is so miserable when she is also so beautiful. And then – wait for it – Judy asks Dexter to marry her. She knows that Dexter is in a relationship with Irene Scheerer, but she cannot imagine that Dexter loves Irene more than he loves Judy. After a month, she breaks off their engagement. And Dexter leaves Minnesota, never to see Judy again. Seven years after this disaster, Dexter hears that she has gotten married: Judy Jones is now Judy Simms. Her husband, Lud Simms, cheats on her regularly and drinks too much. Judy also has children who she stays home to look after. Her beauty has faded, and she has settled down to an unhappy life.