In the black notebook, Jimmy is one of the Oxford airmen, who was born to a middle-class Scottish family but adopts “an elaborately affected Oxford drawl.” Unlike Paul Blackenhurst and Ted Brown, who were only homosexual as a form of fashionable protest, Jimmy’s homosexuality is genuine and leads him to a near-constant state of anxiety and insecurity that is only compounded by his fear of dying in the war. He drinks heavily and often gets lost, injures himself, or embarrasses all of the socialists at the Mashopi Hotel. He is completely in love with Paul, who resents and insults him in return. Jimmy ultimately survives the war and ends up in a sexless marriage in England.
Jimmy McGrath Character Timeline in The Golden Notebook
The timeline below shows where the character Jimmy McGrath appears in The Golden Notebook. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Notebooks: 1
...George to go, but he refuses, and they drunkenly stumble away to his caravan with Jimmy. George chases after them and grabs them—Jimmy falls and bloodies his forehead on the ground,... (full context)
...night—Paul Blackenhurst with Anna, Willi with Maryrose (on whom George Hounslow was also fixated), and Jimmy, somehow cut and bleeding again, by himself. This becomes “the pattern for all the rest”... (full context)
...family, which would probably have to return to Nyasaland instead of staying near the hotel. Jimmy also disgusted Mrs Boothby the previous weekend by drunkenly kissing Paul Blackenhurst. This final weekend,... (full context)
...Jackson has already disappeared with his family, leaving his chickens behind. Mrs Boothby apologizes to Jimmy, who has no recollection of the night before, but she has no regrets about firing... (full context)
The Notebooks: 3
...of stupidity.” Paul Blackenhurst suggests that the butterflies are also “pursuing vile sex”; Paul and Jimmy crouch down to pull busy grasshoppers off one another and reorganize two couples, re-matching insects... (full context)
...pigeon but hear innumerable, maddening cicadas. Paul shoots the pigeon and, like a hunting dog, Jimmy retrieves it. They can hear more pigeons in the distance. Jimmy pokes at some holes... (full context)