Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "Rubyfruit Jungle Study Guide." Course Hero. 11 Dec. 2017. Web. 14 Nov. 2018. <>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2017, December 11). Rubyfruit Jungle Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from

In text

(Course Hero, 2017)



Course Hero. "Rubyfruit Jungle Study Guide." December 11, 2017. Accessed November 14, 2018.


Course Hero, "Rubyfruit Jungle Study Guide," December 11, 2017, accessed November 14, 2018,

Rubyfruit Jungle | Chapter Summaries

See Chapter Summaries Chart

Timeline of Events

  • 1944

    Molly is born to Ruby Drollinger in York, Pennsylvania.

    Book 1, Chapter 1
  • A short time later

    Molly is adopted by Carrie and Carl Bolt.

    Book 1, Chapter 1
  • Seven years later

    Molly learns she is adopted and illegitimate.

    Book 1, Chapter 1
  • Four years later

    Sixth-grader Molly falls in love with fellow sixth-grader Leota Bisland.

    Book 1, Chapter 5
  • End of school year

    Molly and Leota make love just before Molly moves to Florida.

    Book 1, Chapter 5
  • About two years later

    Molly starts having sex with her cousin Leroy.

    Book 2, Chapter 6
  • About three years later

    Molly's blackmail scheme ensures her election as student council president and a college scholarship.

    Book 2, Chapter 7
  • That summer

    After bonding with Molly, Carl dies of a sudden heart attack.

    Book 2, Chapter 8
  • The following year

    Now a high school senior, Molly begins a lesbian relationship with Carolyn.

    Book 2, Chapter 9
  • The next fall

    Molly goes to the University of Florida on a full scholarship.

    Book 2, Chapter 10
  • During the school year

    Molly and her roommate, Faye, are thrown out of the university for having an affair.

    Book 2, Chapter 10
  • Within weeks

    Thrown out by Carrie for a similar reason, Molly hitchhikes to New York City.

    Book 3, Chapter 11
  • In a few days

    Molly finds work, cheap housing, and other lesbians, including Holly, with whom she has an affair.

    Book 3, Chapter 12
  • Months later

    Molly gets a tuition scholarship to film school and ends her affair with Holly.

    Book 3, Chapter 13
  • About the same time

    Molly begins working full time at Silver Publishing Company where she is quickly promoted.

    Book 4, Chapter 14
  • Sometime after

    Molly has an affair with an author and then with the author's teenage daughter, Alice.

    Book 4, Chapter 16
  • Several months later

    The affairs unpleasantly over, Molly goes to Shiloh, Pennsylvania, to restore her sense of self.

    Book 4, Chapter 16
  • Within days

    Molly returns to New York City to finish her degree.

    Book 4, Chapter 17
  • Sometime in 1965

    Molly goes to Florida to film Carrie for her senior project and learns more about her family's past.

    Book 4, Chapter 17
  • That summer

    Molly graduates with high honors but can't get the kind of job she hopes for.

    Book 4, Chapter 18

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Book 1, Chapter 1 When the novel opens, Molly Bolt is seven years old. She has just discovered "her beginnings," that she is "a bastard." ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 2 Four years later, the Bolt family has moved to the nearby town of Shiloh, where they can save money by living with relat... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 3 Two days after the incident with Earl, a tragic series of events begins to unfold at the Denman home. Ep, the husband of... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 4 This chapter opens with another incident in which Molly's actions result in severe reprimands and threats from Carrie. C... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 5 Molly and Leroy are now in sixth grade, and the focus of this school year for Molly is on schoolmate Leota B. Bisland, "... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 6 The trip to Florida seems endless. In Athens, Georgia, Molly innocently enters a bathroom labeled "Colored" and is sever... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 7 As Molly continues to achieve popularity and success in high school, Leroy continues to flunk out and gravitate toward a... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 8 This chapter is set during the summer between Molly's junior and senior year in high school. As the new student council ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 9 Molly's senior year is as good as she anticipated, thanks mostly to her quick-witted blackmail scheme that has given her... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 10 This chapter follows Molly to Gainesville where she is a student at the University of Florida. She would rather be atten... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 11 When Molly walks into the house, Carrie says, "You can turn around and walk right out ... You're lower than them dirty f... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 12 Molly finds a ratty apartment to rent for $62.50 per month and a twin mattress on the street that she drags up as her so... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 13 On her own merit, Molly wins a tuition scholarship to the film school at New York University. She takes classes during t... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 14 Molly finds a job as an exotic dancer but lasts only two weeks before punching an aggressive customer and getting fired.... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 15 Polina takes three weeks of counseling to accept Molly's homosexuality. During that time Molly investigates Paul Digita,... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 16 Even though Molly knows she is not the right sexual partner for Polina, she stays with the relationship for a while but ... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 17 Molly becomes immune to the city upon her return, going about life with an air of indifference and hanging in to finish ... Read More
Book 4, Chapter 18 Professor Walgren lets Molly know how angry he is about her absconding with the film equipment. But there is no way he c... Read More
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Rubyfruit Jungle? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!