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Cormac McCarthy

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All the Pretty Horses | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Fall 1949, San Angelo

    John Grady's grandfather dies; his mother inherits the Grady family farm.

    Chapter 1, Part 1
  • Spring 1950, Texas

    John Grady Cole and Lacey Rawlins leave San Angelo and head to Mexico.

    Chapter 1, Part 1
  • Days later, Rio Grande

    Jimmy Blevins joins John Grady and Rawlins just before they cross the Rio Grande into Mexico.

    Chapter 1, Part 1
  • Days later, Encantada

    The boys escape capture after stealing Blevins's horse from its owner; Blevins leaves the group.

    Chapter 1, Part 2
  • Days later, Rocha ranch

    John Grady and Rawlins begin work at the Rocha family ranch; John Grady sees Alejandra.

    Chapter 1, Part 2
  • Weeks later, Rocha ranch

    John Grady and Alejandra begin a love affair.

    Chapter 2
  • Weeks later, Saltillo

    John Grady and Rawlins enter prison.

    Chapter 3
  • Weeks later, Zacatecas

    John Grady and Alejandra spend their last night together; Alejandra breaks up with John Grady.

    Chapter 4, Part 1
  • Days later, Encantada

    John Grady takes the captain hostage and steals back the horses; he heads north with his booty.

    Chapter 4, Part 2
  • Thanksgiving, 1950

    John Grady returns to Texas; he returns Rawlins's horse to him.

    Chapter 4, Part 2

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1, Part 1 It's 1949 and a 16-year-old Texan named John Grady Cole is paying his respects to his maternal grandfather. The old man ... Read More
Chapter 1, Part 2 During breakfast the next morning Rawlins gives Blevins a hard time about his name and suggests Blevins should trade his... Read More
Chapter 2 The ranch John Grady and Rawlins find themselves working on is called the Hacienda de Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Conc... Read More
Chapter 3 The group heads north, back in the direction Rawlins and John Grady came from four months earlier. During a stop to eat ... Read More
Chapter 4, Part 1 The truck picks up a group of Mexican farmworkers. They make small talk with John Grady and make space for him to rest a... Read More
Chapter 4, Part 2 After John Grady leaves the train station he checks out of the hotel and gets drunk at a wild local bar. He gets in a fi... Read More
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