The Wasp Factory


Iain Banks

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Rabbit Grounds Term Analysis

A patch of hillside in which rabbits burrow.

Rabbit Grounds Quotes in The Wasp Factory

The The Wasp Factory quotes below are all either spoken by Rabbit Grounds or refer to Rabbit Grounds. 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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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.

Related Characters: Francis “Frank” Leslie Cauldhame / Frances Lesley Cauldhame (speaker)
Page Number: 37
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Rabbit Grounds Term Timeline in The Wasp Factory

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Chapter 2: The Snake Park
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Frank eats lunch, and then goes out to the Rabbit Grounds . He brings his gun, although he notes that he prefers a catapult to a... (full context)
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Frank arrives at the Rabbit Grounds . He notes that local boys used to set snares there, but he would tear... (full context)
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Frank returns home, trades his rifle for his War Bag, and jogs back to the Rabbit Grounds . He plants bombs in many of the rabbit holes, and shoves a larger one... (full context)