Winter Dreams

Judy Jones Character Analysis

Judy, the beautiful daughter of the wealthy Mortimer Jones, is Dexter’s obsessive love interest throughout the story. She first appears as a “beautifully ugly” eleven-year-old girl who tries to order Dexter around on the golf course and she transforms, in Dexter’s eyes, into an “arrestingly beautiful” twenty-year-old woman. Judy, who has a reputation for promiscuity due to her serial dating of wealthy young men, begins dating Dexter (alongside many other men) after he becomes successful from his string of laundries. Though Dexter asks her to marry him and she agrees, Judy breaks her engagement and winds up marrying Lud Simms. Judy is carefree, direct, and self-possessed, which makes her irresistible to Dexter, but it also makes her unattainable. With Simms, she has children and becomes a housewife, but by the end of the story she has supposedly lost her looks and is miserable due to her husband’s alcoholism and carousing.

Judy Jones Quotes in Winter Dreams

The Winter Dreams quotes below are all either spoken by Judy Jones or refer to Judy Jones. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Section 1 Quotes

“I think I’ll quit.” The enormity of his decision frightened him. He was a favorite caddy, and the thirty dollars a month he earned through the summer were not to be made elsewhere around the lake. But he had received a strong emotional shock, and his perturbation required a violent and immediate outlet. It is not so simple as that, either. As so frequently would be the case in the future, Dexter was unconsciously dictated to by his winter dreams.

Related Characters: Dexter Green, Judy Jones
Related Symbols: Winter Dreams
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Section 2  Quotes

“Good looking!” cried Mr. Hedrick contemptuously. “She always looks as if she wanted to be kissed! Turning those big cow-eyes on every calf in town!”

Related Characters: T.A. Hedrick (speaker), Judy Jones
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Next evening while he waited for her to come down-stairs, Dexter peopled the soft deep summer room and the sun-porch that opened from it with the men who had already loved Judy Jones. He knew the sort of men they were—the men who when he first went to college had entered from the great prep schools with graceful clothes and the deep tan of healthy summers. He had seen that, in one sense, he was better than these men. He was newer and stronger. Yet in acknowledging to himself that he wished his children to be like them he was admitting that he was but the rough, strong stuff from which they eternally sprang.

Related Characters: Dexter Green, Judy Jones
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Section 3 Quotes

He could have gone out socially as much as he liked.... His confessed devotion to Judy Jones had rather solidified his position…. Already he was playing with the idea of going East to New York. He wanted to take Judy Jones with him. No disillusion as to the world in which she had grown up could cure his illusion as to her desirability.

Related Characters: Dexter Green, Judy Jones
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Summer, fall, winter, spring, another summer, another fall—so much he had given of his active life to the incorrigible lips of Judy Jones. She had treated him with interest, with encouragement, with malice, with indifference, with contempt…. She had insulted him, and she had ridden over him, and she had played his interest in her against his interest in his work—for fun. She had done everything to him except criticise him—this she had not done—it seemed to him only because it might have sullied the utter indifference she manifested and sincerely felt toward him.

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Section 4 Quotes

A sort of dullness settled down upon Dexter. For the first time in his life he felt like getting very drunk. He knew that he was laughing loudly at something Devlin had said, but he did not know what it was or why it was funny. When, in a few minutes, Devlin went he lay down on his lounge and looked out the window at the New York sky-line into which the sun was sinking in dull lovely shades of pink and gold.

Related Characters: Dexter Green, Judy Jones, Devlin
Related Symbols: Winter Dreams, The Sun
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The dream was gone. Something had been taken from him. In a sort of panic he pushed the palms of his hands into his eyes and tried to bring up a picture of the waters lapping on Sherry Island and the moonlit veranda, and gingham on the golf-links and the dry sun and the gold color of her neck’s soft down. And her mouth damp to his kisses and her eyes plaintive with melancholy and her freshness like new fine linen in the morning. Why, these things were no longer in the world! They had existed and they existed no longer.

Related Characters: Dexter Green, Judy Jones
Related Symbols: Winter Dreams, The Sun
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Judy Jones Character Timeline in Winter Dreams

The timeline below shows where the character Judy Jones appears in Winter Dreams. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 1
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...caddy, but in fact his decision is based on an interaction that he had with Judy Jones, Mr. Jones’s daughter, earlier that morning. (full context)
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Eleven-year-old Judy Jones had arrived on the course with her nurse, Hilda, at 9:00 AM. Though she... (full context)
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Judy calls to Dexter to inquire about the whereabouts of the golf teacher and the caddy-master,... (full context)
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...on the course because he had to await the caddy-master’s arrival. The caddy-master’s return prompts Judy to drop her clubs for Dexter to pick up, since she assumes that Dexter can... (full context)
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...“a bright new ball” comes over the hill and hits T.A. Hedrick in the stomach. Judy Jones claims it as hers, which prompts Hedrick to complain about her presence—and that of... (full context)
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Dexter finds Judy “arrestingly beautiful,” a sentiment that is shared by Mr. Sandwood. Mr. Hedrick, however, seems to... (full context)
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Later in the afternoon, Dexter meets Judy while he is out swimming in the lake and she is out on her motor-boat.... (full context)
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At Judy’s house the next evening, Dexter imagines the wealthy young guests she has probably entertained in... (full context)
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...talk about his university, “which she had visited frequently during the past two years.” Then, Judy’s mood sours and she reveals that she has just broken up with a young man... (full context)
Section 3
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Dexter and Judy embark on a romance. She reveals that she thinks that she loves him, but a... (full context)
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...the summer ends, Dexter learns that there are still other men. Furthermore, he realizes that Judy’s habit is to maintain a favorite suitor for a short time and then neglect him... (full context)
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During three days in August, Dexter and Judy spend long evenings on her veranda. Between “strange wan kisses,” he asks her to marry... (full context)
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...ends, Dexter is 24-years-old and remains socially active, but, due to his “confessed devotion” to Judy, he takes no interest in local women. He begins thinking of moving to New York... (full context)
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...becomes engaged to Irene Scheerer, a nice, honorable young woman who is less attractive than Judy. Dexter feels no passion for her and he continues to ruminate on all of the... (full context)
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At the end of the week, Dexter goes to a dance where Judy is also present. He dances with her once, but does not engage her in conversation... (full context)
Section 4
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By May, Judy has gone traveling and Dexter is busy with Irene. The relationship brings him tranquility, compared... (full context)
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...In the midst of a yawn, he hears a familiar voice greeting him: it is Judy, dressed in gold from head to toe, who has left her date alone across the... (full context)
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Together, Dexter and Judy drive downtown, then back toward the University Club. He wonders if she is aware of... (full context)
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Judy acknowledges Dexter’s engagement to Irene and the mention of Irene’s name causes a feeling of... (full context)
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Judy then invites Dexter into her house. He accepts and spends the night with her. The... (full context)
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...one of his best friends,” Lud Simms, comes from Dexter’s town. Dexter acknowledges having known Judy, but is surprised to hear that Devlin feels sorry for her, due to her husband... (full context)
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...out and getting a train to Detroit. He feels disoriented by Devlin’s underwhelming response to Judy. Devlin remembers that Judy was “a pretty girl” when she first arrived in Detroit, while... (full context)
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...had not rid him of the feeling of having nothing to lose. The news of Judy causes the loss of his winter dreams, or his youthful fantasies of grandeur. Suddenly, his... (full context)