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Re: "Jack, I swear..." What do you think Ennis meant by that?
« Reply #400 on: December 20, 2008, 11:51:30 pm »
Jack, I swear, that I always think of you, being my lover, and on Christmas too!!

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Re: "Jack, I swear..." What do you think Ennis meant by that?
« Reply #401 on: December 24, 2008, 07:38:41 pm »
Jack I swear, that I am wishing you Merry Christmas Eve!

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Re: "Jack, I swear..." What do you think Ennis meant by that?
« Reply #402 on: January 30, 2014, 12:12:45 pm »
In an interview this morning on NPRs "Morning Edition" Annie Proulx and Charles Wuorinen spoke of the expansion of the characters in the Libretto of the Brokeback Mountain Opera. There is a scene of Alma in a wedding dress store.

Considering this libretto is coming from Proulx herself, it seems "Jack, I swear" is finally explained. Please follow the link:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/01/27/267225321/cowboys-in-love-brokeback-mountain-saddles-up-for-opera

And listen to the audio of the story, right about 7:05 you will hear:

"It was only you in my life, and it will always be only you, Jack, I swear."
"It was only you in my life, and it will always be only you, Jack, I swear."

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Re: "Jack, I swear..." What do you think Ennis meant by that?
« Reply #403 on: January 31, 2014, 12:52:49 am »

"It was only you in my life, and it will always be only you, Jack, I swear."

Yes.....I can feel that very much, and when I picture Ennis saying "I swear", I can believe that is what he meant...

BUT WHY has it taken Proulx so long to disclose it......WHY?????
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Re: "Jack, I swear..." What do you think Ennis meant by that?
« Reply #404 on: January 31, 2014, 06:52:35 am »
I think it's because in opera, Ennis can't just mumble. He has to wear his heart on his sleeve. I'll let you know tomorrow when I see the opera!

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Re: "Jack, I swear..." What do you think Ennis meant by that?
« Reply #405 on: January 07, 2016, 07:33:47 pm »
I have spent two days reading the posts on this long, long thread - fascinating and wonderful that so many have thought long and hard about the walloping conclusion of this great film.
While it was touched upon in a couple of posts, little discussion has been focused upon the context of the final "Jack, I swear -" line.  It is delivered to the closet, the powerful symbol and pink elephant character of the film.  The story is about homophobia in all it's layered and dangerously intertwined aspects:  the homophobia of society, of prevailing religion, of families and of the individuals - AND the absolute destruction that it wrecks upon each of these.
For homosexuality/gay/queer is not about a sex act or sexual preference but about love and where our love wants to go.  In the case of Jack and Ennis, love wants to go to someone of the same sex.  It is this that is countered with the silence of the closet, with homophobia.
Ennis is honoring where his love wanted to go by first tidying the shrine (symbolically moved from one closet to another) and vocalizing an oath.  Honored, yes, but hidden and silent inside Ennis' closet and by extension the closet of his family and society.
I believe that Annie is challenging each of us to dismantle the closet, to let love loose from it, to give it voice and name.
The final words must be left open ended, because it is till the love that dare not speak it's name.

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Re: "Jack, I swear..." What do you think Ennis meant by that?
« Reply #406 on: January 07, 2016, 07:50:31 pm »
Welcome, coyoteman. 

Wanna cup of coffee, dontcha?  Piece of cherry cake?