Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

by

Ben Fountain

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Mr. Bill Jones Character Analysis

Mr. Jones is a Cowboys executive. Billy manages to engage Mr. Jones in a conversation about global economics, money, and investing, though Billy is aware that Mr. Jones is only humoring Billy. Billy also notes that Mr. Jones is carrying a firearm at the Cowboys game, something that makes Billy oddly angry.

Mr. Bill Jones Quotes in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Bill Jones or refer to Mr. Bill Jones. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ecco edition of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk published in 2012.
Chapter 7 Quotes

It seems the airiest thing there is and yet the realest, but how you enter that world he has no idea except by passage through that other foreign country called college, and that ain't happening.

Related Characters: Billy Lynn, Mr. Bill Jones
Page Number: 121
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Mr. Bill Jones Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Bill Jones appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
7. We Are All Americans Here
Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
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...until a Cowboys executive offers to get Billy another Coke. The man introduces himself as Mr. Bill Jones , and Billy notices that he's carrying a weapon. This fills Billy with rage and... (full context)
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...almost painful. Billy notices the same thing is true for the rest of Norm's family. Mr. Jones tells Billy that someone is bringing Advil for him. (full context)
Fantasy vs. Reality in the Media Theme Icon
Class, Power, and Money Theme Icon
The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
Suddenly feeling fearless, Billy asks Mr. Jones how a business as large as the Cowboys even works. Specifically, Billy wants to know... (full context)
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...that Norm is very interested in Albert and the movie business. Dime and Billy watch Mr. Jones work a crowd, and Billy angrily declares that only a jerk would carry a weapon... (full context)
8. Dry-Humping for the Lord
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...must know that the Bravos are being used to promote the Cowboys. As he watches Mr. Jones discuss the game with someone, Billy is surprised to realize that he is still offended... (full context)
17. Money Makes Us Real
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Mr. Jones pokes his head out of the suite, interrupting Dime as he asks Billy what he... (full context)
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The Absurdity of War Theme Icon
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...of burnt coffee and cigarettes. Norm and his sons greet Billy, Dime, and Albert, as Mr. Jones perches on a stool and Josh stands awkwardly. The executives introduce themselves and then turn... (full context)
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...a private room. Norm is obviously offended, but Dime is on a roll. He asks Mr. Jones if the private room is bugged and suggests that this small room is where Norm... (full context)
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...losing. Norm tells Dime and Billy how much he loves winning. When a phone rings, Mr. Jones answers it and hands the phone over to Norm. After a minute, Norm hands the... (full context)
18. The Proud Good-Bye
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...to wait for someone to meet them. Faison texts that she's coming, and Albert and Mr. Jones appear out of the stadium. Albert assures the Bravos that he'll continue working on the... (full context)
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...Next thing he knows, he's on the ground with something pummeling his back. Billy watches Mr. Jones pull out his gun and something ram into Mr. Jones from behind. The gun flies... (full context)