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Timeline of Events

  • Summer, 1975

    Jason Bourne is shot and then rescued by two fishermen who bring him to Dr. Geoffrey Washburn's.

    Book 1, Chapter 1
  • About a month later

    Bourne wakes up at Washburn's house but doesn't remember who he really is.

    Book 1, Chapter 1
  • Five months later

    Still dealing with amnesia, Bourne leaves Port Noir to avoid trouble with the locals.

    Book 1, Chapter 2
  • A few days later

    In Zurich Bourne finds out his name and visits the bank. Two men attack him in an elevator.

    Book 1, Chapter 4
  • Later the same day

    Jason Bourne uses Marie St. Jacques as a means to escape attackers at the Carillon du Lac.

    Book 1, Chapter 5
  • A few hours later

    Marie St. Jacques escapes from Jason Bourne.

    Book 1, Chapter 7
  • A short while later

    Thugs catch Bourne, but he escapes and rescues Marie St. Jacques, who begins to help him.

    Book 1, Chapter 8
  • One week later

    Marie St. Jacques and Jason Bourne begin an intimate relationship and leave together for Paris.

    Book 2, Chapter 10
  • About a week later

    Events in Paris lead to the discovery that Carlos is the one who is really hunting Jason Bourne.

    Book 2, Chapter 13
  • Hours Later

    Bourne begins to hunt Carlos, visiting Les Classiques, which is a front for Carlos's operations.

    Book 2, Chapter 14
  • Simultaneously

    The CIA and Pentagon bigwigs meet to discuss the rogue assassin called Cain.

    Book 2, Chapter 16
  • Immediately following

    Bourne dines with Jacqueline Lavier of Les Classiques and discovers he is the assassin Cain.

    Book 2, Chapter 17
  • Many hours later

    Unknown to Bourne, all of his allies at Treadstone, including his brother, are murdered by Carlos.

    Book 2, Chapter 20
  • Later the same night

    The four remaining members of Treadstone meet in D.C. and decide to kill Bourne/Cain.

    Book 2, Chapter 22
  • The next day

    Numbers on Lavier's desk lead to André François Villiers, a very powerful French politician.

    Book 3, Chapter 23
  • Later the same evening

    Bourne and André François Villiers decide to hunt Carlos together.

    Book 3, Chapter 26
  • The next day

    Bourne finds out that he works for the CIA and that he killed the real Jason Bourne.

    Book 3, Chapter 30
  • Almost 24 hours later

    Bourne contacts the American embassy, which leads to a meeting with CIA agent Alexander Conklin.

    Book 3, Chapter 32
  • The next night

    With no help from the CIA, Bourne sets a trap for Carlos and heads to New York.

    Book 3, Chapter 34
  • March 25, 1976

    Bourne and Carlos face off in a showdown at Treadstone Seventy-One, and the CIA and Marie save him.

    Book 3, Chapter 35
  • A few weeks later

    Bourne is safe, but Carlos is still out there. Bourne remembers his name is David Webb.

    Epilogue

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Preface The preface consists of two news articles from July of 1975. The first headline, from the New York Times, reads, "DIPLOM... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 1 Book 1, Chapter 1 introduces the reader to the protagonist, Jason Bourne. Eventually, Bourne will have many known aliase... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 2 Jason Bourne's amnesia has not abated, and so Dr. Geoffrey Washburn gives his patient the name "Jean-Pierre." Studying t... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 3 The ship's captain tells Jean-Pierre (who is actually Jason Bourne but doesn't remember) where he can get a satisfactory... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 4 The flight to Zurich is crowded and bumpy. Dr. Geoffrey Washburn instructed Jean-Pierre (Jason Bourne, who has amnesia) ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 5 Jason Bourne deduces that the man in Marseilles who tried to stab him must have alerted his present attackers in Zurich ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 6 Jason Bourne remembers Dr. Geoffrey Washburn's advice to him: in a stressful situation, relax and let the feelings wash ... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 7 As they head to find Chernak, Jason is silent, ruminating on the knowledge that he apparently received payment to kill a... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 8 A blond man bursts into Jason Bourne's filthy boarding house room. Bourne overpowers him, and leaves the room, moving sl... Read More
Book 1, Chapter 9 By the time he reaches the Limmat River, Jason Bourne is in terrible pain, but he pushes on, staunching the bleeding in ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 10 Jason Bourne and Marie St. Jacques are involved. Not physically—yet—but their emotional attachment to each other is imme... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 11 Marie St. Jacques and Jason Bourne fly to Paris separately, planning to meet at a cafe near the Sorbonne. First, Bourne ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 12 Marie St. Jacques and Jason Bourne browse in a shop across from the bank on the rue Madeleine. Finally, Antoine d'Amacou... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 13 Marie St. Jacques is hysterical. Jason Bourne tries to comfort her, but the only word he can offer is Carlos. They agree... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 14 Marie St. Jacques counts the bonds and cash, and Jason Bourne tells her about his narrow escape from Johann. He figures ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 15 Book 2, Chapter 15 opens in an entirely new setting at the Pentagon in the United States. "The man is Cain" is the openi... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 16 Still at the Pentagon, Congressman Walters's question, "Who the hell is this Cain?" hangs in the air. The Monk, David Ab... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 17 Jason Bourne and Jacqueline Lavier dine at a restaurant just outside Paris. When he asks her about the "fiche confidenti... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 18 Marie St. Jacques is alone in her and Jason Bourne's hotel room in Paris. She is terrified Jason is in danger and trying... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 19 The setting changes to New York City, New York. Major Gordon Webb rides in the back seat of a vehicle being driven by a ... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 20 The setting is still New York. This time, however, the narrative begins outside of Treadstone Seventy-One, looking in. A... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 21 Jason Bourne and Marie St. Jacques pack up in their small hotel room in Paris. While Marie is still distraught because J... Read More
Book 2, Chapter 22 The few surviving members of Treadstone Seventy-One meet at a hotel in Washington, D.C. Alexander Conklin of the Central... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 23 Jason Bourne, at the front desk of his hotel on the outskirts of Paris, demands to rent a car. For a hefty fee, the cler... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 24 Marie St. Jacques explains that the man she called on the phone is André François Villiers. He is an old- guard French p... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 25 Jason Bourne is tortured by guilt and confusion as he waits for André François Villiers to leave the restaurant. He foll... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 26 Jason Bourne and André François Villiers walk through the Bois de Boulogne, a wooded park in Paris. Bourne tells the old... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 27 The first part of Jason Bourne's plan is to speak to Janine Dolbert and Claude Giselle Oreale, salespeople from Les Clas... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 28 Jason Bourne waits on a street corner for Monique Brielle, the "number one girl" at Les Classiques. Intercepting her, he... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 29 Arriving at André François Villiers's house, Jason Bourne finds the general waiting for him in the street. The car watch... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 30 Jason Bourne knows Philippe d'Anjou (previously the gray-haired switchboard operator) and he share a past. Bourne calls ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 31 Marie St. Jacques and Jason Bourne are back together. He tells her he is Delta and Cain but he's not Jason Bourne. D'Anj... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 32 Jason Bourne is confused. Why has the embassy instructed him to stay on the move? They are making him call in at specifi... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 33 General André François Villiers tells Jason Bourne that he killed his wife, Angélique Villiers. It is a revenge killing,... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 34 The old man in a black beret, who is currently in his beggar's disguise, brings Carlos Jason Bourne's letter confessing ... Read More
Book 3, Chapter 35 A cab crawls through rush hour traffic on the Upper East Side of New York City. Jason Bourne is in the back of a taxi, r... Read More
Epilogue Marie St. Jacques sits with General Crawford and Dr. Morris Panov. With great reluctance, they show her a file. David We... Read More
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