Watership Down

by

Richard Adams

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Homba Quotes in Watership Down

The Watership Down quotes below are all either spoken by Homba or refer to Homba. 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 Scribner edition of Watership Down published in 1972.
Chapter 17 Quotes

“One day the farmer thought, ‘I could increase those rabbits: make them part of my farm—their meat, their skins. […] He began to shoot all elil—lendri, homba, stoat, owl. He put out food for the rabbits, but not too near the warren. For his purpose they had to become accustomed to going about in the fields and the wood. And then he snared them—not too many: as many as he wanted and not as many as would frighten them all away or destroy the warren. They grew big and strong and healthy, for he saw to it that they had all of the best, particularly in winter, and nothing to fear—except the running knot in the hedge gap and the wood path. So they lived as he wanted them to live and all the time there were a few who disappeared. The rabbits became strange in many ways, different from other rabbits. They knew well enough what was happening. But even to themselves they pretended that all was well, for the food was good, they were protected, they had nothing to fear but the one fear; and that struck here and there, never enough at a time to drive them away.”

Related Characters: Fiver (speaker), Cowslip, Strawberry
Page Number: 115-116
Explanation and Analysis:
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Homba Term Timeline in Watership Down

The timeline below shows where the term Homba appears in Watership Down. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 35: Groping
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...hopes that Chervil is “getting on” too—just as the recently-deceased Captain Mallow, killed by a homba, “got on.” After she hops away, Chervil tells Bigwig that he’s nervous about a group... (full context)
Chapter 37: The Thunder Builds Up
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...the Owsla, recognized Bigwig—by the tuft of hair on his head—from an encounter with a homba in the woods some days ago. Bigwig insists he did not mean to lead the... (full context)