No Country for Old Men | Study Guide

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Timeline of Events

  • 1980

    Anton Chigurh kills Deputy Haskins and Bill Wyrick.

    Chapter 1
  • That Saturday

    Llewelyn Moss takes money from a crime scene.

    Chapter 1
  • Sunday dawn

    Moss returns to help the wounded man at the crime scene.

    Chapter 1
  • Sunday dawn

    Chigurh chases Moss.

    Chapter 1
  • Monday morning

    Moss and his wife, Carla Jean, flee Sanderson.

    Chapter 2
  • Wednesday dawn

    Moss and Chigurh fire on each other in Eagle's Pass.

    Chapter 4
  • Wednesday dawn

    Moss flees to Mexico.

    Chapter 4
  • Later

    Carson Wells finds Moss in Mexico.

    Chapter 5
  • About a week later

    Chighurh kills Wells.

    Chapter 6
  • Later

    Carla Jean reveals Moss's location to Chigurh and Sheriff Ed Tom Bell.

    Chapter 7
  • Later

    The Mexican kills Moss.

    Chapter 8
  • Later

    Chigurh kills Carla Jean.

    Chapter 9
  • Immediately after

    Chigurh walks away from a car accident.

    Chapter 9
  • Later

    The truth of Bell's World War II heroism is revealed.

    Chapter 9
  • Later

    DeMarco and his friend are interviewed by Bell.

    Chapter 10
  • Later

    Moss's father learns from Bell the news of Moss's death.

    Chapter 11
  • Later

    Bell works his last day as sheriff.

    Chapter 12
  • Later

    Bell dreams his father waits for him.

    Chapter 13

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 As in the other chapters, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell narrates the first section in the first person present tense, following ... Read More
Chapter 2 Bell wonders whether law enforcement is more dangerous now. He recalls being shot at in his patrol car. The shooter wa... Read More
Chapter 3 Bell reflects on new law enforcement technology and the death penalty. He is skeptical of both, but he seems undecided... Read More
Chapter 4 Bell recalls becoming county sheriff at age 25. He and his wife have been married 31 years. They had a daughter but sh... Read More
Chapter 5 Bell philosophizes on the nature of truth. He recalls his family came to Texas from Georgia. He recalls the way he con... Read More
Chapter 6 Bell reflects on young people today; they seem to mature late. He remembers taking big responsibilities early in life.... Read More
Chapter 7 Bell recalls his experiences in World War II. He was awarded a medal, but his squad was killed. After the war, some ve... Read More
Chapter 8 Bell notes his county now has nine unsolved homicides. He reflects on previous drug wars south of the border. He think... Read More
Chapter 9 Bell recalls giving Carla Jean the bad news that Moss was dead. He says he took seriously her threat to shoot him at t... Read More
Chapter 10 Bell reflects on his conversation with Ellis; they talked about old age, and Ellis said at least old age is short. Bel... Read More
Chapter 11 Bell recalls telling Moss's father his son had been killed. The father tells him Moss had been a sniper in Vietnam. Th... Read More
Chapter 12 Bell reflects on how much wiser Loretta is than he. He also thinks about the corrupting influence of the new wealth. "... Read More
Chapter 13 Chapter 13 consists of only one section, Bell's narration. Bell thinks back on a stone water trough at the house his squ... Read More
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