The Green Mile

The Green Mile

by

Stephen King

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Janice Edgecombe Character Analysis

Paul’s wife is a kind, thoughtful woman who supports Paul in all his moments of difficulty. She proves brave and compassionate when visiting her friend Melinda Moores, who is clearly suffering from the severe effects of a brain tumor. When Janice discovers Paul’s plan to help Melinda Moores, she encourages Paul to do whatever it takes to save her, even if it is a risky endeavor. She demonstrates her commitment to justice and racial equality, giving in to rage and frustration when she discovers that Coffey is innocent, but that nothing can be done to save him. She dies in a bus accident which Paul survives.

Janice Edgecombe Quotes in The Green Mile

The The Green Mile quotes below are all either spoken by Janice Edgecombe or refer to Janice Edgecombe. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Pocket Books edition of The Green Mile published in 1996.
Part 6: Chapter 6 Quotes

“My poor old guy,” she repeated, and then: “Talk to him.”

“Who? John?”

“Yes. Talk to him. Find out what he wants.”

I thought about it, then nodded. She was right. She usually was.

Related Characters: Paul Edgecombe (speaker), Janice Edgecombe (speaker), John Coffey
Page Number: 452
Explanation and Analysis:
Part 6: Chapter 13 Quotes

John saved me, too, and years later, standing in the pouring Alabama rain and looking for a man who wasn't there in the shadows of an underpass, standing amid the spilled luggage and the ruined dead, I learned a terrible thing: sometimes there is absolutely no difference at all between salvation and damnation.

Related Characters: Paul Edgecombe (speaker), John Coffey, Janice Edgecombe
Related Symbols: The Green Mile
Page Number: 497
Explanation and Analysis:
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Janice Edgecombe Character Timeline in The Green Mile

The timeline below shows where the character Janice Edgecombe appears in The Green Mile. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 5
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...feel distressed for the rest of the day and night. At home, when his wife, Janice, asks him what is wrong, he lies to her for one of the few times... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 6 
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...of nineteen, he wrote a passionate, four-page love letter to the woman who would become his wife . At the time, he thought he would never write anything longer, but he has... (full context)
Part 3: Chapter 6
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That week, Melinda Moores returns from the hospital and Paul and Janice go to visit her. When they see their friend, the two of them are shocked... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 1
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...has unlocked some door between the past and the present—connecting Brad to Percy, Elaine to Janice, Georgia Pines to Cold Mountain—Brad grabs him by the wrist again, squeezing it hard so... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 7
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When Paul returns home, Janice is waiting for him as she always does on execution nights. Paul, who means not... (full context)
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After Paul and Janice make love, she falls asleep, but Paul finds himself thinking that he and everyone else... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 8
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Paul tells Janice, who has been listening to the conversation, that Melinda Moores is getting worse. Janice tells... (full context)
Part 4: Chapter 9
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...all troubled by what happened the night before. When the men arrive and Paul offers Janice to eat with them, she says she would rather eat on her own and not... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 1
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...a cigarette. Full of admiration and thinking that Elaine reminds him of his late wife Janice, Paul tells her he loves her. She teases him but seems pleased. After Paul tells... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 2
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...the infirmary. The men agree and decide that they will indeed do it tonight. When Janice walks back in, offering the men more iced tea, Brutal says he would rather have... (full context)
Part 5: Chapter 3
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After the men are gone and Paul is getting ready for work, Janice looks into his eyes and asks him if he truly thinks he can do something... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 3
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Paul tells the entire story to Janice in the morning, just a few hours later. Janice half-jokingly says that he should keep... (full context)
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As Paul and Janice continue to talk about what has happened, Janice becomes lost in thought and Paul suddenly... (full context)
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Janice then asks Paul to go through the details again of the moment when Wharton grabbed... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 4
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...he is bed, after having made love with his wife, he begins to cry. When Janice asks him what is wrong, Paul says that he is supposed to execute Coffey in... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 5
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The next day, Janice decides to invite Paul’s colleagues over for lunch again, arguing that they already know the... (full context)
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...convinced that this serves as sufficient proof for a pattern of rape, is interrupted by Janice, who says that men like that don’t do such things only once. (full context)
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...Dettericks his name was Will Bonney—Billy the Kid’s real name. At this piece of news, Janice excitedly concludes that the guards can now get Coffey liberated, since all they have to... (full context)
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...moved by horror and the realization that it might be impossible to prove Coffey’s innocence, Janice suggests a variety of options. She says Deputy McGee could try to convince Sheriff Cribus,... (full context)
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Finally, after realizing that the legal route to justice is not an option, Janice tells them they could get Coffey out secretly, to which the men reply that it... (full context)
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Janice stands up and Paul tries to grab her arm but she pulls away, calling Paul... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 6
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That night, which is Paul’s night off, Janice comes up to him and takes his hand. She apologizes about calling him a coward... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 8
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...the way home to get rid of his excess energy. Back home, he mentions to Janice that he went running but does not mention why. (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 11
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...he sits down on his porch and cries, for John and for all of them. Janice comes out to comfort him and, in the afternoon, Paul returns to work. Paul writes... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 12
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...two years. When Elaine asks, Paul says he is not yet ready to talk about Janice’s death. He promises her to tell her one day. However, he is never able to... (full context)
Part 6: Chapter 13
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Paul recounts Janice’s death, which took place on a rainy day in Alabama in 1956. Paul and Janice... (full context)
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...diseases that affected his friends, and he even avoided death during the accident that killed Janice. Since then, and especially since Elaine Connelly’s death, Paul now finds himself wishing for death. (full context)
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...innocent John Coffey. Paul thinks of the deaths of Mr. Jingles and of his wife Janice. He says he does suffer from one ill: insomnia. He lies awake at night, thinking... (full context)