Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches Act 2, Scene 2 Summary
Harper is sitting home alone in the dark.
Joe walks in and asks why she's sitting in the dark.
She tells him not to turn the light on; she heard someone in the bedroom again.
He says there's no one there.
Harper informs him that she's going to go away, and by this she means she's about to go crazy.
Joe begs her not to and says they should pray.
Harper turns the light on and then back off again.
She asks Joe what he prays for.
"I pray for God to crush me, break me up into little pieces and start all over again," says Joe (2.2.9).
Harper asks him not to pray for that.
He talks about this book of Bible stories he had when he was a kid. There was this one picture in the book that Joe still dreams about: a picture of Jacob wrestling the angel. Joe says that when he dreams about it, it's him wrestling the angel, fighting a fight that he can't win.
Harper says that the most terrible thing is that she loves him more than anybody else in the whole world.
Joe asks Harper if she's really pregnant.
She tells him she hasn't had her period, but it might be because she takes too many pills. Harper adds, "Maybe I'll give birth to a pill. That would give a whole new meaning to the word pill popping, huh?" (2.3.14).
She says he should go to Washington by himself.
Joe swears he won't leave her.
Okay, she tells him, but either way she's going to leave him.