Norman’s wife, from Wolf Creek, Montana. Jessie worries over her brother Neal in much the same way that Norman worries about Paul. It’s ironic, then, that this shared quality threatens to cause major problems in their marriage. Though we don’t see much of Jessie in the novella, she seems to have a strong personality and high expectations for Norman’s behavior in her family. Still, Jessie serves as a source of love and strength for Norman that he draws upon in his other struggles.
The timeline below shows where the character Jessie appears in A River Runs Through It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Paul jumps out; he’s ready with his leader and flies before Norman has even moved. Jessie warns Norman not to abandon Neal. Paul calls over his shoulder that he’ll start upstream,... (full context)
...the truck. The women are holding carving knives—they’ve been making sandwiches—and point them at Norman. Jessie accuses him of having left Neal. Florence says the “poor boy” was exposed to the... (full context)