Jack Jardine’s eighteen-year-old son. Jack Jr. and his unnamed friend destroy América and Cándido’s camp in the canyon and graffiti it with the words “Beaners Die.” Jack Jr. also tells racist jokes, and is responsible for spray painting the wall surrounding Arroyo Blanco Estates, presumably to stoke tension between the community and the immigrants he knows will take the blame. Only Delaney knows that Jack Jr. is the one to have spray painted the wall, and he deliberately hides the evidence of this from his neighbors. Throughout the novel, América and Cándido operate under the belief that Jack Jr. is actually Delaney’s son.
Jack Jr. Character Timeline in The Tortilla Curtain
The timeline below shows where the character Jack Jr. appears in The Tortilla Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3
...sits outside the community meeting as the vote is held, feeling foolish about his behavior. Jack Jr. , Jack Jardine’s son, approaches Delaney and begins chatting with him. Eventually, Jack Jr. asks... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 6
...his injuries, Cándido manages to move the camp upstream, hoping to avoid further attacks by Jack Jr. and his accomplice. Cándido moves his and América’s belongings half a mile away, to a... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 7
...overwhelmed by Jack’s ferocity and struggles to organize his thoughts but before he can respond Jack Jr. appears and he and his father move toward the cash registers, with Delaney following. (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 8
...down into the canyon to violate a poor man’s few pitiful possessions.” (Cándido has mistaken Jack Jr. for Delaney’s, rather than Jack Jardine’s, son. He will continue to operate under this presumption... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 6
...He is outside playing paddleball at the Arroyo Blanco Estates community center when he overhears Jack Jr. and another boy telling racist, misogynistic jokes about Mexican women. He realizes that Jordan will... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 7