He feels them all, the heads are still around him as tombstones, he feels them all one, all one with the grass, with the hothouse flowers, all, the undertaker’s men, the unseen caretaker who has halted his mower, all gathered into one here to give his unbaptized baby force to leap to heaven. (20.17)
Even the Mystery Science Theater guys would tear up at this one. The beauty of Updike’s image is breathtaking. This is a moment that makes us love Rabbit and see the power of his mind, heaven or no heaven.