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Mrs. Rebecca Springer in Rabbit, Run

By John Updike

Mrs. Rebecca Springer

Janice’s mother could be seen as Janice’s own personal antagonist. Her hateful words in the phone call to Janice, just before Janice drowns the baby, make her a suspect in Rebecca June’s murder. She also represents decades of repression. Like Rabbit’s mother, she is a powerful figure nonetheless, impressing both Rabbit and Eccles at moments. Nelson loves her. She’s also very concerned with appearances, and thinks Janet is bringing the family into disgrace.