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by John Updike
Janice Angstrom Timeline and Summary
She moves in with her parents after Rabbit leaves her, and at some point during those two months has an extramarital affair with an unknown party. She gives birth to Rebecca June Angstrom in June. A few weeks later she spends a miserable Sunday cooped up in the apartment with Rabbit and the crying baby, and then rejects Rabbit’s sexual advances. After he walks out in anger she tries to sleep but can’t and gets more and more upset. She starts drinking and tries to get through the day with nobody knowing Rabbit left, sure he will return by nightfall. Her father calls and she lies about why Rabbit isn’t at work. She gets mad at Nelson when he complains about lunch, and slaps him. Her mother calls and upsets her terribly, and warns Janice that she’s coming over. She tries to clean up the apartment and she finds the baby is dirty with her own poop. She tries to give her a bath, but loses control and the baby drowns. After that we don’t get much information about her, other than she forgives Rabbit and doesn’t blame him and wants to stay married to him. She and Rabbit sleep (not the sexy kind) together at her parents’, plan to look for a new home after the funeral, and attend the funeral together.