1. Describe Harry Angstrom.
Harry Angstrom used to be a basketball star in high school. Now in his twenties, he lives a dreadful, unfulfilled life with a pregnant, alcoholic wife selling kitchen gadgets. He longs to escape his dull existence and yearns for his former glory days.
2. Describe Janice Angstrom.
Janice Angstrom is Harry's wife. She is alcoholic, bitter, and negligent toward their child. Her marriage to Harry has cooled into a mutual discontent, and she is openly hostile towards him. She is particularly embittered by his abstention from alcohol and smoking, which she views as a passive-aggressive rebuke.
3. Why is Harry annoyed by his conversation with the farmer at the service station?
Harry wants to just drive south and escape the only world he has ever known. As he asks the farmer where they are and how far he would have to go to get certain places, the farmer grows impatient. He tells Harry that he should know where he wants to go. Harry cannot stand this chastisement since not knowing his destination is key to this trip.
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