Equus

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Jill Mason Character Analysis

An employee at Harry Dalton’s stable. A kind and free-spirited person, she meets Alan Strang at the appliance store where he works, recognizes that he is often watching the horses at the stable, and gets him the job working weekends at the stable. Jill takes a liking to Alan, and eventually takes him on a date to a pornography theater and then back to the stable for sex. Alan’s failure to have sex with Jill is the catalyst for his crime against the horses.
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Jill Mason Character Timeline in Equus

The timeline below shows where the character Jill Mason appears in Equus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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...He says that in his opinion, Alan should be in prison, and tells Dysart that Jill Mason, a girl who also worked at the stable, has had a nervous breakdown. Jill... (full context)
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Scene 15. Dysart questions Alan about Jill, the girl who introduced Alan to the stable. Alan tells him that they first met... (full context)
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...horses,” Alan is completely mesmerized. He is about to kneel down when Dalton arrives with Jill, interrupting Alan’s reverie. Dalton cheerfully shows Alan how to use a hoof-pick to take a... (full context)
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...stroke the horses, and Alan moans in agreement. Dysart then asks how Alan felt about Jill. “Did you like her?” he says. “All right,” Alan responds. The doctor presses on, trying... (full context)
Act 2
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...truth drug, Alan tells Dysart to ask him a question. Dysart immediately asks him about Jill. Alan turns away, resistant to talk. The doctor asks him repeatedly to describe her, but... (full context)
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Scene 28. Jill’s behavior “is open and lightly provocative.” She tells Alan that when her father left her... (full context)
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Jill tells Alan that she loves horses’ eyes. “D’you find them sexy?” she asks Alan. Shocked,... (full context)
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Alan is initially hesitant, but Jill persuades him to go with her by evoking images of “heavy Swedes, panting at each... (full context)
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...Alan enters the square again, which is now a darkened movie theater. Together, he and Jill find their way to the downstage bench. Alan tells Dysart that the cinema was “full... (full context)
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Scene 30. Frank, Alan and Jill stand at a bus stop outside the movie theater. Alan and Jill try to explain... (full context)
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...reflects on the times his father told him to be disciplined, to improve his character. Jill runs after Alan and asks him what’s on his mind. “Nothing,” he says. Jill begins... (full context)
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...perspective on his father made him feel free. He tells Dysart that at this moment, Jill was holding his hand. The doctor asks him what he was thinking at this moment.... (full context)
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Scene 32. The chorus “makes a warning hum” as Alan steps back in horror. Jill pressures him to enter the stable. Alan asks if they can go to Jill’s house... (full context)
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Scene 33. Alan and Jill enter the square; he tells her to lock the door to the stable, and she... (full context)
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Alan and Jill sit down and begin to kiss, but a “faint trampling” startles Alan. Despite his uneasiness,... (full context)
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...and collapses in anguish. He confesses that he couldn’t bring himself to have sex with Jill because “He was in the way.” Every time he touched Jill, he felt Equus instead.... (full context)
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Jill sits up and asks Alan what the matter is, but Alan runs into a corner... (full context)