Jennie is John Jones’s sister who works as domestic help in the Judge’s home. When the Judge’s son, the “White John,” comes home to Altamaha from Princeton, he notices for the first time how attractive Jennie is and decides to chase her into the woods, where he assaults her. After John Jones hears Jennie’s distressed cries and kills the White John in her defense, it’s unclear what happens to Jennie.
Jennie Character Timeline in The Souls of Black Folk
The timeline below shows where the character Jennie appears in The Souls of Black Folk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: Of the Coming of John
...that college is essential for the White John’s transition into manhood. The Judge’s wife asks Jennie how her brother is, echoing the sentiment that being sent off will “spoil him.” Jennie... (full context)
...realizes that the congregation believes he is “trampling on the true Religion.” Leaving the church, Jennie asks John if everyone who studies ends up unhappy, and John replies that they do. (full context)
...that there are no girls around who are worth pursuing. However, just then, he notices Jennie walking around the grounds. The White John brushes off his initial interest with a laugh,... (full context)