“The Rain Horse” – Quotations

As to make a deeper analysis of “The Rain Horse”, our teacher, Pato, asked us to look up some quotations about important events in the text and try to understand better the story. [TASK]

  1. Man, collar up in driving rain on hillside. Nature is dominant and man is not significant here – bored and frustrated
  2. First view of “thin, black horse”. Use the similes of ill-omen.
  3. Man finds shelter through “barricade of brambles” and the ground sucking at his feet.
  4. Second view of Horse -“watching him”.
  5. Horse attack – detail in description.
  6. Horse: “tall as a statue” watching him. NB his state of mind.
  7. Horse attack with onomatopoeia.
  8. Finds stones as weapons. Note comparison with eggs.
  9. Horse attack 3, man fights back. Note PF in passage.
  10. Horse attack and hit with stones under “superior guidance”
  11. Horse cat-like pain response –domesticity. Man becomes dominant again
  12. Closing image – man in barn. Ashamed and in pain.  Other images.


  1.  “As the young man came over the hill the first thin blowing rain met him. (…) He shivered holding himself against the cold. …felt nothing but the dullness of feeling nothing. (…) A wave of anger went over him: (…) anger against the land that made him feel so outcast.”
  2. “Over to his right a thin, black horse was running across the ploughlands towards the hill, its head down, neck stretched out. It seemed to be running on its toes like a cat, like a dog up to no good.”
  3. “In blinding rain he lunged through the barricade of brambles at the wood’s edge.”
  4. “At the wood top, with the silvered grey light coming in behind it, the black horse was standing under the oaks, its head high and alert, its ears picked, watching him.”
  5. “…when the ground shook and he heard the crash of a heavy body coming down the wood. Like lightning his legs bounded him upright and about face. The horse was almost on top of him, its head stretching forward, ears flattened and his lips lifted back from the long yellow teeth.”
  6. “Out in the middle of the first field, tall as a statue, and a ghostly silver in the under-cloud light, stood the horse, watching the wood.”
  7. “Its whinnying snort and the spattering whack of hooves seemed to be actually inside his head”
  8. “He picked two stones about the size of goose eggs”
  9. “He let out a tearing roar and threw the stone in his right hand. The result was instantaneous. Whether at the roar or the stone the horse reared as if against a wall and shied to the left.”
  10. “Keep your distance and you’ll not get hurt”
  11. “He felt a little surprise of pity to see it shaking its head, and once it paused to lower its head and paw over its ear with its forehoof as a cat does.”
  12. “There was a solid pain in his chest, like a spike of bone stabbing, that made him wonder if he had strained his heart on that last stupid burdened run. Piece by piece he began to take off his clothes, wringing the grey water out of them, but soon he stopped that and just sat staring at the ground, as if some important part had been cut out of his brain”

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