American Gods

American Gods

Shadow’s late wife, who begins an affair with Shadow’s best friend Robbie while Shadow is in jail for a heist that Laura engineered and put into action. Laura seems to regret her actions in life and becomes Shadow’s protector when she is brought back from the dead by Shadow’s gold coin. Unable to cope with the living world, Laura eventually asks Shadow to let her go so that she can stop living a lie.

Laura Moon Quotes in American Gods

The American Gods quotes below are all either spoken by Laura Moon or refer to Laura Moon. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 3 Quotes

She did not look at him. "You've gotten yourself mixed up in some bad things, Shadow. You're going to screw it up, if someone isn't there to watch out for you. I'm watching out for you. And thank you for my present."

Related Characters: Laura Moon (speaker), Shadow Moon (Baldur)
Related Symbols: Shadow’s Coins
Page Number: 58
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Chapter 18 Quotes

“It's never a matter of old and new. It's only about patterns. Now. My stick, please."
"Why do you want it?"
"It's a souvenir of this whole sorry mess," said Mr. World. "Don't worry, it's not mistletoe." He flashed a grin. "It symbolizes a spear, and in this sorry world, the symbol is the thing."

Related Characters: Mr. World (Low Key Lyesmith / Loki) (speaker), Laura Moon (speaker), Shadow Moon (Baldur), Mr. Wednesday (Odin)
Related Symbols: The Ash Stick
Page Number: 468
Explanation and Analysis:

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Laura Moon Character Timeline in American Gods

The timeline below shows where the character Laura Moon appears in American Gods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...will take a proper bubble bath. Second, he will make love with his beautiful wife, Laura. Third, he will stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. (full context)
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...release date, a warden calls Shadow into his office. The warden asks about Shadow’s wife, Laura, who is a travel agent, and about Shadow’s plans after he gets out. Shadow’s best... (full context)
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The last week before Shadow’s release date, he is jittery and on-edge. He calls Laura, who tries to reassure him that everything’s fine and calls him her pet name, “Puppy.”... (full context)
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...Friday. Then, in a cruel “good news, bad news” joke, the warden tells Shadow that Laura has died in a car crash early this morning. (full context)
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...women they can sleep with now that they are out of prison. Shadow thinks of Laura, but can’t cry. (full context)
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While Shadow waits for his flight, he calls Robbie and leaves a message, then calls Laura just to hear her voice on the answering machine. He has a crazy feeling that... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...story. Shadow decides to eat his chili and burger first, fondly remembering the chili that Laura used to make, then reads the article that details the early morning car crash that... (full context)
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...another one. Shadow explains the conditions of his employment: he wants time to go to Laura’s funeral, he won’t hurt people for fun or for profit, he wants $500 a week,... (full context)
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...station to let Shadow clean up his injuries from fighting Mad Sweeney. Shadow wonders what Laura will say when she sees his black eye, then remembers that Laura is gone. Wednesday... (full context)
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Wednesday drives towards Eagle Point, heading for the funeral parlor where Laura’s memorial will be held. Shadow looks at the town that used to be his home,... (full context)
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...his signature with the date and “Puppy” in parentheses. He musters the courage to approach Laura’s body as a small woman dressed in black comes in. Shadow recognizes Audrey Burton, Robbie’s... (full context)
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...walking out the door and Shadow follows her again. Shadow asks why Audrey spit on Laura, which Audrey deliberately misunderstands as a question about the violets, a flower that Audrey and... (full context)
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...even though it’s snowing. Audrey follows him, creeping along in her car and grumbling about Laura’s betrayal. Shadow refuses to take her bait, saying that he will always love Laura more... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...room to get some sleep, thinking that he can go tomorrow to take care of Laura’s things and their old apartment. (full context)
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...the thought. To distract himself from thinking about the bed he used to share with Laura, Shadow runs through coin tricks in his head. He likes the physical process of manipulating... (full context)
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...goes into the bathroom without turning on any lights. When he comes out he sees Laura’s silhouette, sitting on the side of his bed and wearing the suit she was buried... (full context)
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Shadow gets back to his room and finds Laura still on the bed. He passes her the cigarettes and a book of matches. She... (full context)
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Laura tells Shadow that she was lonely while Shadow was in jail, and that the sex... (full context)
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Shadow smells burning plastic and realizes that Laura’s cigarette has burned down to the filter. He takes the cigarette butt from Laura’s hand... (full context)
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Laura leaves, with graveyard mud clinging to her shoes and the carpet. Shadow rushes over to... (full context)
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...the girl in his room. Shadow sits on his bed, wishing that he could mourn Laura without being troubled by her visit. He lies down, thinking of the early years of... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...Wednesday comments on Shadow’s strange “dream.” Shadow agrees, thinking to himself that he still saw Laura’s muddy footprints on the hotel carpet when they left that morning. Wednesday asks Shadow how... (full context)
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...Shadow will miss the town, but Shadow responds that he has too many memories of Laura here. Wednesday says he hopes that Laura stays there, and then asks if Shadow and... (full context)
Chapter 6
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When Shadow wakes again, Laura is shaking his shoulder. For a minute, Shadow thinks that this entire adventure was a... (full context)
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Shadow thanks Laura for protecting him, then opens the door in the corridor to find that it leads... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...really wants at the moment is not to be caught and blamed for the murders Laura committed, which he realizes is really a desire for everything to go back to normal. (full context)
Chapter 8
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...here as long as he is comfortable with and respectful of the dead. Thinking of Laura, Shadow responds that he is fine as long as they stay dead. Mr. Ibis comments... (full context)
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...Shadow appreciated that nobody expected more of him than occasionally helping people move furniture, until Laura came along. (full context)
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...kisses him more passionately. Shadow lets go of his question but warns the woman that Laura will come after her. The woman shakes her head and continues to rock against Shadow... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...for gods,” but a land of dreams and fire. Shadow asks how he can help Laura, but the Buffalo Man only points to a small skylight in the roof of the... (full context)
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...coin tricks to keep himself busy while he lives in Lakeside. His mind wanders to Laura, and suddenly Shadow feels like he can see her, standing outside her mother’s house in... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...Wednesday board their plane, and Shadow asks if there is any way he can bring Laura back to life. Wednesday names the many charms he learned as his prize for hanging... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...these fantastic events, but Shadow says that nothing has surprised him since he learned that Laura was sleeping with Robbie. (full context)
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...says that Shadow is hunting for a debt he wishes to pay. Shadow thinks of Laura and nods. Whiskey Jack tells a story of Fox and Wolf, with the moral that... (full context)
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...trails around Lakeside. He watches the wildlife and tries not to think about gods, or Laura, or strange dreams. Getting a haircut at the local barber one day, Shadow sees Chad... (full context)
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Shadow follows a trail out of town that leads him to a tiny graveyard. Laura is there, but she asks Shadow not to look at her because she now appears... (full context)
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Shadow and Laura begin to walk, and Shadow revels in how normal it feels to walk with his... (full context)
Interlude 3
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Laura applies for a job on the night shift at a gas station. The attendant seems... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...when Shadow refuses again. Shadow makes Media leave and lies on his bed thinking of Laura, trying to recall good memories but unable to get the thought of Laura and Robbie... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...again, Shadow sees his whole life spread out before him, especially his wedding day with Laura. He hallucinates that Laura is there and laughs about her silliness as they got married,... (full context)
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During the night, Laura arrives at the tree. Shadow asks hoarsely how Laura found him, and Laura explains that... (full context)
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Shadow sleeps, then wakes again and sees that Laura is gone. He has a vicious headache and cannot fight the pain in his body... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...the robbery and was arrested and put in prison. The only saving grace is that Laura’s name is never mentioned at the trial. He keeps walking, almost wishing he had chosen... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Laura thinks of the spark of life she saw in Shadow when he was hanging on... (full context)
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Laura thanks the small woman for the water, then drinks the entire jug, finding it cold... (full context)
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...ash tree farm. A storm gathers on the horizon and Mr. Town notices a woman (Laura) walking along the side of the road. He asks her for directions. The woman says... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...of the mountain as snipers shoot them down from the summit. Meanwhile, Mr. Town and Laura are still driving back to Tennessee. Mr. Town is elated at all that he and... (full context)
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Mr. Town and Laura reach Rock City and Mr. Town tells Laura to stay in the car while he... (full context)
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Laura takes the ash stick from the back of Mr. Town’s car and walks into the... (full context)
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Mr. World asks for his stick, but Laura asks for a cigarette and some answers first. Laura asks why they used Shadow in... (full context)
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Laura says she will give Mr. World the stick, turning away from Mr. World to look... (full context)
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Meanwhile Laura grips the stick tightly and waits for Mr. World to get close enough. Mr. World... (full context)
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...middle of a rainstorm. Shadow sees Mr. Town dead in his car, and knows that Laura has been here. Shadow hears thunder, and wonders if it is the thunderbird returning home... (full context)
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Shadow asks for Laura and Loki. Wednesday doesn’t answer, so Shadow walks farther into the caverns and finds Loki,... (full context)
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...he didn’t have a wife to go home to any longer—they just didn’t account for Laura not staying dead. Loki pants and falls forward, and Shadow then notices the pool of... (full context)
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...Rock City. As the gods begin to clean up their injuries, Shadow goes to find Laura. She is lying on the ground in a cavern in a pool of blood. Shadow... (full context)
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Laura asks if Shadow found a way to bring her back to life. Shadow says that... (full context)