In "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been," how does Connie and Arnold's relationship continue to develop once he comes to her house?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the word "relationship" is fairly interesting in this setting.  I don't think that Connie sees it as a relationship, but rather something that might seem outwardly innocent, but has a fairly seedy underbelly to it.  Arnold's appearance at her home and from the soda shop is flattering enough.  Yet, I think that Connie begins to understand Arnold's true character when she begins to recognize that the makeup is falling off, his boots have lifts in it, and that he is only acting young but really is quite old.  When he approaches her and starts to warn her about using the phone and resistance being futile, Connie begins to see the full development or the full extent of Arnold's malevolence.  In the end, Connie recognizes, too late, that she was merely a pawn of someone quite skilled.  Arnold's ability to gain and use information, such as the death of the neighbor, and the location of the family and even the clothes they are wearing might indicate that he has been stalking her for some time.  This realization dawns upon Connie too late.  For the first (and perhaps last) time, she understands that she was not in control of her own identity.  When he indicates to her that she really has no choice but to give in, Arnold represents to Connie what she might have feared and confided only to herself.  In the end, she is just ordinary.

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