Study Guide

Rabbit, Run Chapter 12

By John Updike

Chapter 12

  • The “seawater” in Ruth’s mouth after Rabbit leaves is overpowered by her sadness and she starts to cry.
  • She feels like when she was a teenager and believed that being thinner would fix everything.
  • She knows why she really wants Rabbit to be with her. He makes her feel beautiful.
  • She didn’t answer because she never doubted that Janice “would win.”
  • She gets nauseous, goes to the bathroom and rests her head on the toilet.
  • She hasn’t the strength to throw up, but it feels good there.
  • She realizes that the child inside her, making her nauseous, might be her “friend.”