A young boy riding a big bay horse whom John Grady and Rawlins encounter when they’re about to cross the border to Mexico. He claims he’s sixteen but looks more like thirteen, and the other boys doubt that Blevins is his real name—it’s also the name of a well-known religious radio host in Texas. Blevins has run away several times, presumably rebelling against a malevolent stepfather. He’s even more naïve than John Grady, and seems very young: he’s afraid of lightning, and is stubborn enough to risk everything just to get a stolen pistol back. Blevins is portrayed as sometimes ridiculous but entirely harmless, and his downfall is shocking to the others, portraying the extent to which evil will blot out whatever it can, however innocuous its victims.
Jimmy Blevins Quotes in All the Pretty Horses
The All the Pretty Horses quotes below are all either spoken by Jimmy Blevins or refer to Jimmy Blevins. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of All the Pretty Horses published in 1993.).
Part 3 Quotes
John Grady watched the small ragged figure vanish limping among the trees with his keepers. There seemed insufficient substance to him to be the object of men’s wrath. There seemed nothing about him sufficient to fuel any enterprise at all.
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Jimmy Blevins Character Timeline in All the Pretty Horses
The timeline below shows where the character Jimmy Blevins appears in All the Pretty Horses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...through the silent streets until they reach the mud house, but the horse isn’t there. Blevins dismounts and climbs through the house’s window. He doesn’t come back. Dogs start to bark... (full context)
...they wouldn’t necessarily recognize the three riders. The two of them are more noticeable, though Blevins is most of all. A good-looking horse is like a good-looking woman, Rawlins says—more trouble... (full context)