Study Guide

Rabbit, Run Chapter 10

By John Updike

Chapter 10

  • Meanwhile, around 8:00 p.m., Mrs. Springer calls Lucy Eccles looking for Jack.
  • Lucy then calls around everywhere for him.
  • Joyce hears all the dialing and comes down twice and is sent back to bed.
  • When Joyce doesn’t come back down, Lucy feels bad, like she banished the only person in her corner. She doesn’t like being a minister’s wife just then, after 10 p.m.
  • She is embarrassed. She remembers that she was drawn to Jack because he was happy and fun. Other people get all his fun now.
  • “She hates” all those religious people, and wishes for communism to come and sweep religion away.
  • She thinks things might be better if religion had vanished “a hundred years ago.”
  • The she thinks maybe “our weakness needs” religion. Jack comes home just before eleven.
  • He’d been at the drugstore all that time, having fun talking to kids about sex and Jesus.
  • He can see she is past mad.
  • She gives him the message from the Springers.
  • He doesn’t stop to console her but runs, excited that the moment he’s been waiting for has come, and makes a phone call.
  • He prays to God he’ll get an answer, but he isn’t happy with the prayer because he can’t make phones and God seem connected.
  • Yay. An answer. It’s a man. He thinks it isn’t Rabbit, so he asks for him.
  • After Eccles identifies himself, Rabbit says: “Hi.”
  • Rabbit was sleeping, or, er, something.
  • Eccles tells him Janice is in labor and feels like all of his work as a minister is being judged by whether Rabbit goes to her or not. He says he will go.
  • Rabbit declines a ride and says he will walk. Eccles expresses his pride for Rabbit.