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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
by Joyce Carol Oates
Connie Timeline and Summary
Connie is a 15-year-old girl who doesn't get along with her mother or sister. One night she and her friend are dropped off at the local shopping plaza. They run across the highway to a drive-in where older teens hang out. At the drive-in, Connie is picked up by a boy named Eddie. On the way to his car, Connie exchanges glances with a strange guy, who makes a threatening comment. Connie and Eddie go out to eat at a different restaurant and spend some time in his car together. Connie meets up with her friend back at the shopping plaza and they go home. At some point later in the summer, Connie is left alone at home on a Sunday when the rest of her family go out for a barbecue. A car pulls up in the driveway: it's Arnold Friend and Ellie Oscar. Connie stands in the doorway as Arnold steps out of the car. Arnold asks Connie to drive away with him but she refuses. After some banter, Connie realizes that Arnold is a threat and asks him to leave, but he threatens to harm her family if she doesn't leave with him. Connie runs into the house and makes a desperate attempt to call the police, but she breaks down in terror instead. Connie eventually acquiesces to Arnold and steps out of the house to join him.