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Brokeback Mountain Scene 17

Scene 17

Scene 17

  • The men jump naked into a pond together. Guys, we don't think this is how fishing works. They better hope they don't get any nibbles.
  • At night, Jack says they could have a life like this together. Get a ranch. Start a business. Get down to bizness, etc.
  • Ennis says it can't be that way because he has a family.
  • Ennis is also afraid something terrible might happen to them if they get caught.
  • He remembers two cowboys who lived together when he was nine years old.
  • One of them was beaten to death, castrated, and left in a ditch. Yikes.
  • Ennis's dad took him to see the body, and Ennis wondered if his dad was the one who did it.
  • Despite the fear of imminent castration, Jack doesn't want to wait another four years to see Ennis.