John Wayne is a Quebecois E.T.A. student who is the best player at the school. He lost his Canadian citizenship through enrolling at the school. Wayne has a sexual relationship with Avril. Wayne’s father was the only person in the history of “La Culte du Prochain Train” who failed to jump onto the train tracks. It is implied that Wayne is a plant placed at E.T.A. by the A.F.R.; however, he eventually watches guard when Hal and Gately dig up James’s head, which implies that he betrayed the A.F.R. (or was possibly acting on behalf of the A.F.R. and forcing Hal to dig up his father). Hal indicates that something happened to him after this, and it is possible that the A.F.R. killed him.
John Wayne Character Timeline in Infinite Jest
The timeline below shows where the character John Wayne appears in Infinite Jest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...in time to play in the semi-final match the next day. He thinks about John Wayne, who certainly “would have” won the WhataBurger tournament. Hal also thinks about Wayne standing guard... (full context)
...#43 in the U.S.T.A., has undergone a “quantumish competitive plateau-hop” and is now ranked #4. Wayne begins to play; his game has “a kind of automatic beauty.” He falls backwards at... (full context)
...office and the Headmaster’s Office are still on. Pemulis enters Avril’s office and finds John Wayne in there with Avril. Wayne is wearing a football helmet and little else, and Avril... (full context)
...and pressures of professional tennis. DeLint interrupts to say that E.T.A.’s best player is John Wayne, and that Helen can see him play tomorrow. Helen casually mentions James’s filmmaking, but no... (full context)
...Nwangi, and Watson sitting in deLint’s office. DeLint asks Pemulis to explain what happened with Wayne, and Pemulis begins speaking, but soon realizes that the truth has basically already come out.... (full context)
...he needs to speak about with Avril. DeLint tells Pemulis that E.T.A. believes he dosed Wayne with stimulants against his knowledge. Pemulis will be allowed to finish the term for credit... (full context)
...was totally non-sexual. Hal suddenly has a “lucid vision” of Avril having sex with John Wayne. He is aware of their ongoing sexual relationship, which began shortly after Wayne arrived at... (full context)