A Confederacy of Dunces | Study Guide

John Kennedy Toole

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Timeline of Events

  • One afternoon

    Ignatius J. Reilly almost gets arrested by Patrolman Mancuso while waiting for his mother.

    Chapter 1
  • That evening

    Mrs. Irene Reilly's car slides on wet pavement and damages a French Quarter balcony.

    Chapter 1
  • Later

    Lana Lee hires Burma Jones for a small salary to work at her club, the Night of Joy.

    Chapter 2
  • The same day

    Mrs. Irene Reilly is billed for damages to the balcony; she insists Ignatius get a job.

    Chapter 2
  • Later

    Ignatius is hired as a file clerk at Levy Pants.

    Chapter 3
  • Later

    Ignatius writes an insulting letter to Mr. Abelman, a Levy Pants customer; he signs Mr. Levy's name.

    Chapter 4
  • Later

    Lana Lee changes the delivery time for pornographic photographs; George must hide them somewhere.

    Chapter 5
  • Later

    Burma Jones vows to sabotage Lana Lee with Ignatius's help.

    Chapter 6
  • The same day

    Ignatius leads a strike of black factory workers at Levy Pants; Mr. Levy fires him.

    Chapter 6
  • Later

    Ignatius gets a new job pushing a hot dog vending truck for Paradise Vendors.

    Chapter 7
  • Later

    Jones finds where Lana Lee hides her pornography props and further develops his plans for sabotage.

    Chapter 9
  • Later

    Dorian Greene agrees to host a party to kick-off Ignatius's scheme for a gay political party.

    Chapter 10
  • Later

    Mr. Levy learns that Abelman is suing him because of the letter Ignatius sent.

    Chapter 11
  • The same day

    Ignatius stores the pornographic photos in his cart; he sees the photo of Lana reading his book.

    Chapter 11
  • Later

    Seeing the addresses on the pornographic packages he has stored, Ignatius goes to the Night of Joy.

    Chapter 12
  • Later

    Ignatius sees Darlene perform at the Night of Joy and collapses in the street.

    Chapter 12
  • That same night

    Patrolman Mancuso arrests Lana Lee on pornography charges.

    Chapter 12
  • The next day

    Miss Trixie agrees to say she sent the letter, saving Ignatius and Mr. Levy from Abelman's lawsuit.

    Chapter 13
  • Later

    Mrs. Irene Reilly finally decides to have Ignatius committed to the Charity hospital.

    Chapter 14
  • That same evening

    Myrna Minkoff arrives in time to save Ignatius from being sent to a mental hospital.

    Chapter 14

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 Ignatius J. Reilly is a tall, obese man in his early 30s, sporting a green hunting cap, a "bushy black moustache," and... Read More
Chapter 2 The chapter opens at the Reilly family home. Ignatius J. Reilly sits in his bedroom writing about the fall of civiliza... Read More
Chapter 3 Demoralized and depleted, Ignatius J. Reilly staggers home after a fruitless day searching for a job. Mrs. Irene Reill... Read More
Chapter 4 The chapter opens with detailed description of Levy Pants, which is composed of a dilapidated 19th-century commercial ... Read More
Chapter 5 In the Night of Joy, Darlene tops the liquor bottles with water while Lana Lee regales her with another story involvin... Read More
Chapter 6 Mattie's Ramble Inn, a combination bar and grocery store, is located in an isolated, undeveloped part of the city. The... Read More
Chapter 7 Ignatius J. Reilly is forced by his mother to go out and look for employment. He reluctantly agrees to work for an hou... Read More
Chapter 8 The Levys bring Miss Trixie to their home so that Mrs. Levy can proceed with her "project." Mrs. Levy wants to analyze... Read More
Chapter 9 Mr. Clyde receives a complaint from the Board of Health about Ignatius, who denies the accusation in his typically bom... Read More
Chapter 10 Mrs. Levy continues to try to improve Miss Trixie's lot in life. Mr. Levy continues to argue with his wife, saying tha... Read More
Chapter 11 Mrs. Irene Reilly, Claude Robichaux, and Santa Battaglia gather for a meal. Santa and Robichaux encourage Mrs. Reilly ... Read More
Chapter 12 Ignatius J. Reilly sends Myrna Minkoff a telegram about his plan to infiltrate the military with homosexuals, requesting... Read More
Chapter 13 Ignatius J. Reilly wakes up in a hospital and worries he has fatal injuries. Mrs. Irene Reilly shows him the newspaper... Read More
Chapter 14 Suspecting that Mr. Levy is discovering his lies, Ignatius fears that he has failed to secure a potential comrade. He fr... Read More
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