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Friday, February 19, 2010
For 7th grade Language Arts class, my kids are reading John Steinbeck's searing 1937 novella, “Of Mice and Men,” so I'm reading it (for the third time, I think) along with them.
I forget what a pleasure it is to re-read great books, to revisit them at different points in your life. And one of the pleasures of having children is forcing/allowing yourself to see books again through their eyes and your own new eye.
Anyway. Lennie's preoccupation with rabbits is quite a theme in the book, and I found myself wondering just how many times Steinbeck used the word “rabbits” (or “rabbit”) in the book.
In the approximately 29,800-word novel, Steinbeck uses “rabbit” or “rabbits” 74 times according to the search function I used on a plain-text version of “Of Mice and Men” I downloaded. Fewer than I expected, actually, though it is about 1 in every 400 words.
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