Snow Falling on Cedars

by

David Guterson

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Ole Jurgensen Character Analysis

The man to whom Etta Heine sold Carl Sr.’s strawberry fields—including the Miyamoto family’s share of seven acres—after the war. Ole doesn’t seem to have much against Japanese people, but he’s not sure what to do when Kabuo Miyamoto comes to him after the war explaining that Etta Heine had essentially stolen his family’s land away from them when they were forced to relocate during the war. He testifies in Kabuo’s trial.
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Ole Jurgensen Character Timeline in Snow Falling on Cedars

The timeline below shows where the character Ole Jurgensen appears in Snow Falling on Cedars. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
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...Miyamotos didn’t meet their payments, so she saw no problem with selling the land to Ole Jurgensen after her husband’s death. Kabuo, she believed, had been bitter ever since the sale,... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...work the land on her own, she explained to Kabuo; he’d have to go to Ole Jurgensen if he had questions about the land. (full context)
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Kabuo replied that he had talked to Ole, who had no idea that Carl Sr. had sold the seven acres to Zenhichi. Etta... (full context)
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...what the price of the land was per acre when Etta sold the land to Ole Jurgensen years later ($1,000 per acre); and lastly, whether these two sums would mean that... (full context)
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Ole Jurgensen testifies after Etta. Ole is old: he had a stroke in June and walks... (full context)
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Kabuo told Ole he wanted his family’s seven acres back, but Ole, had been unwilling to sell. When... (full context)
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Ole continues his testimony. After his stroke in June, he changed his mind and decided to... (full context)
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Later the same day, Ole remembers, Kabuo came to his house to inquire after the land. Ole remembered that Kabuo... (full context)
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Carl Heine dropped by Ole’s house the next day to take down the “For Sale” sign on the land, and... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...on Carl’s boat made it seem as though someone had boarded his boat recently; (4) Ole Jurgensen claimed that both Kabuo and Carl saw him to inquire after the land for... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...the Heines’ house to talk to Carl Jr. about the land he’d recently purchased from Ole. Susan Marie let Kabuo into the house. She observed that “his back was straight, his... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...been very interested. Nels directs her attention to September 7, when Kabuo had gone to Ole’s to ask about the land. Hatsue remembers this day. Hatsue recalls her husband had returned... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...murder, step by step, emphasizing how patiently and carefully Kabuo  orchestrated the event. Enraged by Ole’s decision to sell the strawberry fields to Carl, Kabuo decided to take matters into his... (full context)
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...“in measured tones, as soberly as he [could].” He outlines how Kabuo had gone to Ole Jurgensen and then Carl Heine about the land; how then fate had brought the two... (full context)