Rabbit, Run, 1960
Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom
Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a former high school basketball star. Now in his mid-twenties, he is married, is a father, and holds a mediocre sales job. Plagued by feelings of bore-dom and alienation, he abandons his pregnant wife for a quasi-religious quest whose goal he intuits but cannot define: “some-thing that wants me to find it.” At the funeral of his second child, he flees his wife, Janice Angstrom, for the third and, he believes, final time.
Janice Springer Angstrom
Janice Springer Angstrom, a middle-class housewife. Like her husband, she is in her mid-twenties, has average intelligence, and finds her life very boring. Her escape is alcohol. In drunken grief and postnatal depression, she allows her infant daughter, Rebecca, to drown in a bath.
Ruth Leonard, a sometime prostitute. Also in her mid-twenties, she meets Rabbit shortly after he abandons Janice and allows him to move in with her because she appreciates his charm and mildness and the fact that he is searching. She informs Rabbit that she is pregnant with his child, and he leaves her.
Jack Eccles, an Episcopalian minister. He seeks to effect a reconciliation of the Angstroms marriage. His methods involve more psychology than theology, and he uses frequent golf games with Rabbit to make his persuasions.
Fritz Kruppenbach, a Lutheran minister. A stern man with a heavy German accent, he appears only once, in a crucial scene in which he lectures Jack Eccles and calls his counseling methods “Devil s work.”
Mrs. Horace Smith
Mrs. Horace Smith, an old widow. Mrs. Smith s eight acres of gardens become Rabbit s workplace, and she shows herself to be a quick-witted woman who takes a liking to Rabbit, telling him that he has the gift of life.
Nelson Angstrom, the son of Rabbit and Janice. Two-year-old Nelson excites frequent guilt in Rabbit. During Janice s maternity ward stay, Rabbit takes care of him.