Ben Hanscom’s mother. Arlene is a single mother and is thirty-two years old in 1958. She works forty hours per week in the spool-and-bale room at Stark’s Mills in Newport. Breathing in dust and lint all day has given her a bad cough. She overfeeds Ben, causing him to become obese. As an adult, Ben reasons that Arlene did this to assure herself that she had the resources to keep Ben from going hungry. Arlene moves Ben to Nebraska, where he attends high school. She becomes upset when he decides to lose weight, perceiving it as a rejection of her hard work to keep him fed.
Arlene Hanscom Character Timeline in It
The timeline below shows where the character Arlene Hanscom appears in It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall
Chapter 8: Georgie’s Room and the House on Neibolt Street
Chapter 10: The Reunion