The Wasp Factory

by

Iain Banks

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A male rabbit.

Buck Quotes in The Wasp Factory

The The Wasp Factory quotes below are all either spoken by Buck or refer to Buck. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of The Wasp Factory published in 1998.
Chapter 2 Quotes

…it was a Sign. I was sure of that. The whole fraught episode must signify something. My automatic response might just have had something to do with the fire that the Factory had predicted, but deep inside I knew that that wasn’t all there was to it, and that there was more to come. The sign was in the whole thing, not just the unexpected ferocity of the buck I’d killed, but also in my furious, almost unthinking response and the fate of the innocent rabbits who took the brunt of my wrath.
It also meant something looking back as well as forward. The first time I murdered it was because of rabbits meeting a fiery death, and meeting that fiery death from the nozzle of a Flame-thrower virtually identical to the one I had used to exact my revenge on the warren. It was all too close and perfect. Events were shaping up faster and worse than I could have expected. I was in danger of losing control of the situation. The Rabbit Grounds – that supposed happy hunting-ground – had shown it could happen.
From the smaller to the greater, the patterns always hold true, and the Factory has taught me to watch out for them and respect them.

Page Number: 37
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Buck Term Timeline in The Wasp Factory

The timeline below shows where the term Buck appears in The Wasp Factory. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Snake Park
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Frank spots a huge male rabbit, or buck, and aims his gun. He accidentally startles it and the buck runs at him. He... (full context)
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Sanity and Insanity  Theme Icon
...many of the rabbit holes, and shoves a larger one inside the corpse of the buck he had previously killed. He lights the fuses and smiles as the bombs explode. Any... (full context)
Ritual and Superstition  Theme Icon
Control, Violence, and Power Theme Icon
...so he looks for meanings in his massacre of the rabbits. Frank is sure the buck was a “Sign,” but believes the sign was not only the animal, but also Frank’s... (full context)