Elaine’s first husband, who also aspires to be a painter and artist. Unsuccessful in his artistic career, however, he takes on a job designing props for movie sets. He has frequent affairs and seems to relish his easy relationships with women. He also does not want to keep a clean house and dismisses Elaine’s art style as conventional and illustrative. Although he and Elaine marry when she becomes pregnant with Sarah, Jon continues to have affairs and they fight until they divorce. Jon represents a certain kind of young idealism that ends up quenched with the entrance into normal adult life.
Jon Quotes in Cat’s Eye
The Cat’s Eye quotes below are all either spoken by Jon or refer to Jon . 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 Anchor Books edition of Cat’s Eye published in 1998.).
Part 2 Quotes
Part 10 Quotes
We are silent, considering shortfalls. There’s not much time left, for us to become what we once intended. Jon had potential, but it’s not a word that can be used comfortably any more. Potential has a shelf life.
Jon Character Timeline in Cat’s Eye
The timeline below shows where the character Jon appears in Cat’s Eye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Two: Silver Paper
Part Three: Empire Bloomers
Part Seven: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Part Nine: Leprosy
...deliberately provocative at the opening in order to confirm everyone’s deepest suspicions; she considers using Jon’s ax-murder special effects, but at the same time knows that she would never do any... (full context)
Part Ten: Life Drawing
Part Eleven: Falling Women
...protective, and as an exhausted housewife in a painting called Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Jon looks down on her paintings, because he sees them as irrelevant; however, Elaine sees a... (full context)
...female friends. This makes her think of Cordelia, whom she has not seen for years. Jon has not arrived at the opening despite having promised to attend, so Elaine considers flirting... (full context)
Part Twelve: One Wing
Part Thirteen: Picoseconds
Part Fourteen: Unified Field Theory
...in chronological order: the early paintings characterized by Charna as female symbolism, the paintings of Jon and Josef, Mrs. Smeath. She tries to see her childhood self in Mrs. Smeath’s eyes,... (full context)