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Characters, Quotes & Scenes / Re: Jack really had an affair with Randall?
« Last post by Thuy Tien on Nov 16, 2018, 02:13 AM »
I don't think Jack had an affair with somebody when I saw this film.
Jack was too sad and bitter at the last meeting with Ennis, he wish he could quit Ennis (but he couldn't do it in fact). It means he was in love with Ennis very much.
Director Ang Lee may want to tell more about the disapoinment of Jack when he was hurt by Ennis but he cut off all scence related to Jack's affair with Randal (or another fella) finally.
Characters, Quotes & Scenes / Re: Jack's Dying Wish
« Last post by FlwrChild on Nov 15, 2018, 11:06 AM »
Thuy Tien, you may be right about that. Perhaps when he drank he didn't worry as much about being discreet and said what was on his mind. Frequently alcohol loosens our tongues.

tpe, I also have a friend who wants their ashes scattered in different places that are meaningful to them. I don't think that's uncommon these days. As you point out, sometimes one has to be very careful about carrying out those wishes depending on where the person wants to be scattered.
Characters, Quotes & Scenes / Re: Jack's Dying Wish
« Last post by Thuy Tien on Nov 12, 2018, 03:10 AM »
In my opinion: Jack talked about his wish of cremation when he drank to much.
Characters, Quotes & Scenes / Re: Ennis and Alma: "North Pole or Equator" ?
« Last post by tizi17 on Oct 18, 2018, 04:49 AM »
actually... i have been here for ages, but i can't remember if we ever discussed this...  :s)

should ask some founding members here...  ;)
Interesting line to say the least. Could it mean something simple like "all the way in?"
Hi Bubz.   ^f^

I don't know if I've ever thought about the role that wind played in the narrative of the story before but you make me curious to see how it might strike me if I read it again now with that notion in mind. I'll try to find time this week. Thank you for sharing those passages. 
Characters, Quotes & Scenes / Re: The significance of wind in the short story
« Last post by Marionut on Apr 19, 2018, 04:48 AM »
It's a very good short story, I like it a lot, I hope to read another good story.
Yes, I can agree with you, this scene was really hard for actors
Characters, Quotes & Scenes / The significance of wind in the short story
« Last post by Bubz on Mar 27, 2018, 05:12 AM »
Hi everyone,

I have been really intrigued by Annie Proulx’s descriptions and use of weather, and especially wind, in the short story. Wind seems to always appear at times when change or important scenes are about to take place. I am wondering if there are any patterns that anyone noticed related to wind or interpretations that you had.

Here is a list I made of all ten appearances of “wind” in the short story:

1.   It is mentioned three times in the introductory paragraphs in which we meet Ennis and hear about his dreams. Wind “rocks the trailer,” “booms down the curved length of the trailer,” and strikes the trailer like a load of dirt coming off a dump truck, eases, dies, leaves a temporary silence.”

2.   “Ennis and Jack, the dogs, horses and mules, a thousand ewes and their lambs” ascend into the mountain’s flowery meadows and the “coursing, endless wind” as the summer on Brokeback in 1963 begins.

3.   Ennis is “riding against the wind” (which seems to be tremendously meaningful; for once in his life he is going against the status quo?) as he goes back to the sheep, having such a good time that he feels “he could paw the white out of the moon.”

4.   Before Jack and Ennis have their first sexual encounter, Ennis realizes he’s too drunk and it’s too late to “go out to them damn sheep,” and as he decides to stay the night with Jack in the camp “a flinty wind worked over the meadow, scraped the fire low, then ruffled it into yellow silk sashes.”

5.   Although there is no direct mention of wind, a “blowy hailstorm” does cause Jack and Ennis’ sheep to mix with those of the Chilean shepherd, leading Ennis to feel that “in a disquieting way everything seems mixed.”

6.   As Jack and Ennis descend from brokeback, the wind “combed the grass” and draws a “bestial drone” from the surrounding trees and rocks.

7.   When Jack and Ennis have their final conversation before they part after the summer on Brokeback, the wind appears twice. First it is “gusting hard and cold” after Jack asks Ennis if he will return next summer, and then it “tumbles  an empty feed bag down the street” after Ennis says he’ll see Jack around.

Notably, when Jack and Ennis are apart until 1967, there is no mention of wind.

8.   When Jack and Ennis are reuniting in the motel room, hail and rain rattle against the window, “followed by…a slippery wind banging the unsecured door of the next room then and through the night.”

9.   During their final trip into the mountains in 1983, Ennis notices the weather and anticipates a storm but the sky is so blue that Jack believes “he might drown looking up” (a beautiful metaphor of the differences between the two men, perhaps). Then, on the third morning, Ennis sees the gray clouds that he expected (another metaphor) as “a bar of darkness driving wind before it.”

10.   The final mention of wind is when Ennis feels the weight of the realization of Jack’s death during his phone call with Lureen. As “the huge sadness of the Northern plains rolls down on him,” he hears the imagined sounds of Jack’s murder “under the wind drone.”

Then, again,  no more wind is mentioned as they are apart once more.

What do you make of this? How do you interpret wind as a character and a symbol in this story? What about weather as a whole?
News Coverage, Reviews & Awards / Re: Various Articles/Interviews
« Last post by tpe on Mar 26, 2018, 09:31 PM »
Thanks Romeo!

BBM is a keeper.
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