by John Updike
Rabbit, Run Transience Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
Running. At the end of this block of the alley he turns up a street, Wilbur Street in the town of Mt. Judge, suburb of the city of Brewer, fifth largest city in Pennsylvania. Running up hill. (1.11)
Since Rabbit is running "home" right now, is this a good example of his transience? We think so. His cramped apartment at the top of Mt. Judge always feels like a trap, and he’s always trying to wriggle out of it. The home he’s running to in this scene is a good symbol of what keeps him on the move for most of the rest of the novel.
Rabbit freezes, standing looking at his faint yellow shadow on the white door that leads to the hall, and senses he is in a trap. It seems certain. He goes out. (1.62)
This is another moment that might not look like transience at first glance – but other than when he goes to pick up his clothes and drop off the car the next day, this is the last time he’ll be "home" for over two months. So it’s a pivotal moment in the novel, driving forward the action.
The thought of his [Rabbit’s] old coach crouching in there [The Sunshine Athletic Club] frightens him. (1.67)
While Rabbit is afraid to get caught in a trap by staying still for to long, he also yearns for a place he is comfortable enough to stay – part of him wants a permanent home. That his coach, with whom Rabbit’s identity is all wrapped up, lives in a place which represents a failure to establish a home is at least part of what scares Rabbit.