The Boys in the Boat

Joe Rantz’s beloved girlfriend, and later his wife, Joyce Simdars is a lovely, kind woman and, like Joe, highly intelligent and ambitious. Joyce comes from a devoutly Christian family, in which there seems to be little overt affection. Partly as a result, she’s drawn to Joe’s warm, loving personality. Joyce takes a series of difficult jobs to pay her way through the University of Washington; shortly after Joe wins a gold medal at the Olympics, she marries him, and they stay together for the rest of her life.

Joyce Simdars Quotes in The Boys in the Boat

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Chapter 12 Quotes

Joe and Joyce took the four children out for ice cream and then stopped by a grocery store and bought some basic provisions before dropping them off back at the house. By the next day, when Joe checked, Harry and Thula had returned. But Joe couldn't fathom what his father and Thula had been thinking. Apparently this had been going on all summer long.

Related Characters: Joe Rantz, Joyce Simdars, Harry Rantz, Thula LaFollette (Rantz)
Page Number: 210
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Joyce Simdars Character Timeline in The Boys in the Boat

The timeline below shows where the character Joyce Simdars appears in The Boys in the Boat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...once again. Joe was also a good, popular student, and he had a steady girlfriend, Joyce Simdars. (full context)
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Around the same time, Joe’s old girlfriend, Joyce Simdars, returned from Montana, where she’d been living. Joyce had been raised in a strict... (full context)
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...living with Fred, who he found controlling and condescending. Nevertheless, he found joy in visiting Joyce Simdars. One afternoon, he presented her with a “golden ring with a small but perfect... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...a janitor and a musician to support himself. One “silver lining” in Joe’s life was Joyce, who enrolled at the University of Washington, too. To support herself, Joyce had to look... (full context)
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...intense that it eroded houses and cracked roadways. In the midst of the rain, however, Joyce and Joe went home to Sequim. Joyce’s mother showed Joe a recent headline from the... (full context)
Chapter 6
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In January 1934, Joe and Joyce went back to Seattle, where it was still raining. Crew practice began on January 8,... (full context)
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On April 13, the teams from Cal and Washington faced off in Lake Washington. Joyce was watching as Joe prepared to row. Lately, she’d been working as a maid in... (full context)
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...boatlengths, beating the freshman record by twenty seconds. The Seattle crowd cheered. Later, Joe embraced Joyce and danced with her under the Seattle sky. (full context)
Chapter 8
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...last year, and he could no longer afford to go on as many dates with Joyce. Joyce continued to wear her diamond ring, but Joe wasn’t sure he could “live up... (full context)
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...1934, Joe tried to reunite with Harry, Thula, and his half siblings. When he and Joyce went to Harry’s house, Thula answered the door and refused to let them inside. She... (full context)
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...1934 came to an end, Joe headed back to Seattle to spend the holidays with Joyce and her family. Around this time, he read an article about how students at the... (full context)
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In April, the weather became sunny again, and Joe and Joyce rented a canoe. On the water, they talked about getting married one day soon, and... (full context)
Chapter 11
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In the summer of 1935, Joe said goodbye to Joyce and drove out east, looking for work. He found a job in the town of... (full context)
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...challenge of working a jackhammer. At night, he played the banjo and wrote letters to Joyce. Eventually, he discovered that two of his teammates were also working at Grand Coulee that... (full context)
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...Chuck—didn’t want to pay extra money to go dancing, especially since he was still with Joyce. In spite of the hard work that summer, Joe, Johnny, and Chuck found plenty of... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...September of 1935; he’d earned enough money to support himself through the school year. Meanwhile, Joyce had quit her job as a judge’s maid after the judge made sexual advances. She... (full context)
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...weeks back in campus studying engineering and spending as much time as he could with Joyce, whom he hadn’t seen all summer. When he had any free time, however, his top... (full context)
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...work within you that is far beyond anything you’ve ever imagined.” One weekend, Joe drove Joyce to visit Harry at Harry’s new house. There, Joyce immediately felt sympathetic for Harry’s other... (full context)
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...people showed up to cheer the team. As Joe climbed on the train, he saw Joyce with her parents, cheering for him. During the train ride, Tom Bolles, George Pocock, and... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...down from the deck, trying to remember everything so that he’d be able to tell Joyce about it when he returned. (full context)
Chapter 18
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...in Harry’s house, Joe’s half-siblings cheered with delight at the news coming from the radio. Joyce, who was sitting in the house too, embraced Harry, her “father-in-law-to-be,” and wept with joy. (full context)
Epilogue
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Joe Rantz graduated in 1939 with a degree in engineering, and Joyce graduated at the same time with high Latin honors. Just a few hours after graduating,... (full context)
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...to pass on, including Johnny White, Gordy Adam, Shorty Hunt, and Don Hume. In 2002, Joyce died; three years later, Bobby Moch and Jim McMillin died, too. Joe and Roger were... (full context)