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Timeline of Events

  • One afternoon in 1938

    The priest, planning to escape a ban on religion, meets Mr. Tench.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • A week later

    The lieutenant wants hostages to force the priest out of hiding.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • A few days later

    The priest hides out at the banana company outpost.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • Several days later

    The priest is almost caught visiting Maria and Brigitta.

    Part 2, Chapter 1
  • The next day

    The priest meets the mestizo, who tries to get him arrested.

    Part 2, Chapter 1
  • Several days later

    The priest is arrested and jailed for buying alcohol.

    Part 2, Chapter 2
  • The next morning

    The mestizo sees the priest in jail but does not tell the lieutenant.

    Part 2, Chapter 3
  • A few minutes later

    The lieutenant releases the priest without knowing who he is.

    Part 2, Chapter 3
  • A week later

    The priest returns to the banana outpost and finds it deserted.

    Part 2, Chapter 4
  • Two days later

    After wandering for days and growing ill, the priest finds a friendly village across the border.

    Part 2, Chapter 4
  • Three days later

    The priest stays with the Lehrs and begins to grow comfortable.

    Part 3, Chapter 1
  • The next day

    The priest says Mass and hears confessions.

    Part 3, Chapter 1
  • After Mass

    The mestizo asks the priest to hear the injured American's confession before he dies.

    Part 3, Chapter 1
  • Several hours later

    Against reason, the priest returns to hear the criminal's confession and is caught.

    Part 3, Chapter 2
  • That night

    The priest and the lieutenant talk about their different points of view before returning.

    Part 3, Chapter 3
  • A day later

    The priest is executed.

    Part 4
  • That night

    Another priest is welcomed to the town.

    Part 4

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 In a small town in Mexico, Mr. Tench, a British dentist, goes out to the port to fetch an ether cylinder being delivered... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 A squad of police, led by a lieutenant, returns to the police station. The lieutenant seeks out his jefe, his boss, the ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 Captain Fellows, a cheerful man, is the administrator of an outpost of the Central American Banana Company. His wife is ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 Starting to write a letter to his estranged wife, Mr. Tench finds himself thinking back to the strange man who shared a ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 1 The priest heads to an unnamed village. Although he associates the village with sin, the priest happily goes there. When... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 2 A "man in the shabby drill suit" is sitting in the city plaza when a beggar accosts him. After some conversation, the ma... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 3 The priest is locked in a communal cell. Some cellmates complain about the crowding, about a lack of water, and about th... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 4 Weeks later, the priest returns to the Central American Banana Company outpost because he doesn't know where else to go.... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 1 Having safely crossed the border, the priest is staying with Mr. and Miss Lehr, a German-American man and his sister who... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 2 After a five-hour trek, the mestizo and the priest reach a deserted cluster of Indian huts, where the mestizo says the A... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 3 When the lieutenant enters the hut, the priest thanks him for allowing him time with the dying man, to which the lieuten... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 4 The lieutenant goes to see Padre José, who refuses to hear the priest's confession. When the lieutenant informs him, the... Read More
Part 4 Captain and Mrs. Fellows are alone in the town. Mrs. Fellows moans about her illnesses and Captain Fellows seems ill at ... Read More
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