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Rabbit, Run

Rabbit, Run


by John Updike

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology

Hilaire Belloc (5.75)
G.K. Chesterton (5.130)
Reader’s Digest (12.16)
Saturday Evening Post (12.20)
Woman’s Day (14.1)

Historical References

The Dalai Lama (2.23)

Pop Culture

Errol Flynn (1.17)
The Mickey Mouse Club (1.23, 1.28)
Gigi (5.2-3)
Bell, Book, and Candle (5.2-3)
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (5.2-3)
The Shaggy Dog (5.2-3)
Ingrid Bergman (5.2-3)
Robert Donat (5.2-3)
Audrey Hepburn (17.8)
Some Like it Hot (8.1)
Might Mouse (15.53)


"Without a Song" (1.73)
"Secret Love" (1.74)
"Autumn Leaves (1.74)
"Rocksville, P-A" (2.53)

Rabbit’s Road Trip

"No Other Arms, No Other Lips"
"Stagger Lee"
Connie Francis, "If I Didn’t Care"
"I Ran All the Way Home Just to Say I’m Sorry"
Mel Torme, "That Old Feeling"
"The Italian Cowboy Song"
Duane Eddy, "Yep"
"Almost Grown"
"Let’s Stroll"
"The Happy Organ"
"Turn Me Loose"
"Rocksville, P-A"
"A Picture No Artist Could Paint"
Dody Stevens, "Pink Shoe Laces"
"Petit Fleur"
Henry Mancini, "Fall Out"
"Everybody Likes to Cha, Cha, Cha
"The Beat of My Heart"

Rayco Clear Plastic Seat Covers
Radio Controlled Garage Door Operators
Big Screen Westinghouse TV Set
Papermate Pens
Tame Cream Rinse
Schuykill Life Insurance
New Formula Barbasol Presto-Lather
Wool-Tex All-Wool Suits
Lord’s Grace Table Napkins
Speed Shine Wax
Lanolin Clay

Harold Macmillan
Chinese Communists
The Dalai Lama
The Yankees
The Braves

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