Study Guide

Brokeback Mountain Scene 19

Scene 19

Scene 19

  • A brief montage shows us time passing.
  • Ennis works on a ranch. Jack sells combines.
  • In bed, Alma says she doesn't want to have sex without protection, because they can't afford another kid.
  • Ennis uses this as an excuse not to have sex with her.
  • "I'd have 'em if you'd support 'em," she responds.
  • Boom. Cut to November 6, 1975, and their divorce.
  • This is also the anniversary of Lincoln being elected president. A country united. A marriage divided.
  • Alma gets custody of the girls. Ennis can be distant with them from a distance.
  • What better way to celebrate a divorce than with a surprise fishing trip?
  • Jack wants to help Ennis get his groove back, so he pays Ennis a surprise visit.
  • But Ennis has the girls for the weekend.
  • Jack thought Ennis sent news of the divorce because he wanted to be with him. Do they sell special postcards for news of divorce?
  • Ennis apologizes for the confusion, but Jack is upset drives off in a huff. It's a lot of huff, because he has a long way to go back to Texas.
  • Jack listens to more sad country-western music in the truck. This song is extra sad, even by country standards, and Jack cries.
  • He stops in Juarez and walks into a dark alley with a prostituto—that's Spanish for male prostitute.