American Gods

American Gods

The King of the Norse Gods, worshipped for his status as the Allfather, his wisdom, his prowess in battle, and his healing ability. In Norse mythology, Odin attained his power by hanging on a tree for nine days and sacrificing his body, a vigil that Shadow later recreates as Odin’s son, Baldur. In wider Germanic mythology, Odin is known as Woden, the namesake for “Wednesday” and Mr. Wednesday’s tongue-in-cheek name. As an American god, Mr. Wednesday makes his living as a grifter, using disguise, charm, and sleight of hand to trick mortals and gods alike. He runs a two-man con with his partner Loki to try to force the Old Gods and the New Gods to fight in a battle that will replenish Odin’s waning power in America. Mr. Wednesday clearly feels some affection for Shadow, but is unable to truly care for anyone but himself—as Gaiman shows that those who live by deceit are unable to truly connect with other people. Both an important mentor for Shadow and Shadow’s enemy, Mr. Wednesday shows the duality of gods who need mortal worship to live but do not actually care about mortal happiness or well-being.

Mr. Wednesday (Odin) Quotes in American Gods

The American Gods quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Wednesday (Odin) or refer to Mr. Wednesday (Odin). 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the William Morrow edition of American Gods published in 2013.
Chapter 2 Quotes

"I brought you mead to drink because it's traditional. And right now we need all the tradition we can get. It seals our bargain." …
“You work for me. You protect me… In the unlikely event of my death, you will hold my vigil. And in return I shall make sure that your needs are adequately taken care of."

Related Characters: Mr. Wednesday (Odin) (speaker), Shadow Moon (Baldur)
Page Number: 33-34
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Chapter 5 Quotes

"In other countries, over the years, people recognized the places of power… And so they would build temples, or cathedrals, or erect stone circles, or… well, you get the idea."
"There are churches all across the States, though," said Shadow.
"In every town… And about as significant, in this context, as dentists' offices. No, in the USA, people still get the call, or some of them, and they feel themselves being called to from the transcendent void, and they respond to it by building a model out of beer bottles of somewhere they've never visited... Roadside attractions: people feel themselves being pulled to places where, in other parts of the world, they would recognize that part of themselves that is truly transcendent, and buy a hot dog and walk around, feeling satisfied on a level they cannot truly describe, and profoundly dissatisfied on a level beneath that."

Related Characters: Shadow Moon (Baldur) (speaker), Mr. Wednesday (Odin) (speaker)
Page Number: 106
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Chapter 6 Quotes

"The land is vast. Soon enough, our people abandoned us, remembered us only as creatures of the old land, as things that had not come with them to the new. Our true believers passed on, or stopped believing, and we were left, lost and scared and dispossessed, to get by on what little smidgens of worship or belief we could find…
"We have, let us face it and admit it, little influence. We prey on them, and we take from them, and we get by; we strip and we whore and we drink too much; we pump gas and we steal and we cheat and we exist in the cracks at the edges of society. Old gods, here in this new land without gods."

Related Characters: Mr. Wednesday (Odin) (speaker)
Page Number: 123
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Chapter 7 Quotes

"Okay. As soon as they say Odin's name, the reed transforms into a spear and stabs the guy in the side, the calf intestines become a thick rope, the branch becomes a bough of a tree, and the tree pulls up, and the ground drops away, and the king is left hanging there to die with a wound in his side and his face going black. End of story. White people have some fucked-up gods, Mister Shadow."

Related Characters: Sam Black Crow (speaker), Shadow Moon (Baldur), Mr. Wednesday (Odin)
Page Number: 152
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Chapter 8 Quotes

"I did it like he said. I did it all like he said, but I gave you the wrong coin. It wasn't meant to be that coin. That's for royalty. You see? I shouldn't even have been able to take it. That's the coin you'd give to the King of America himself…
"You did it like who said, Sweeney?"
"Grimnir. The dude you call Wednesday. You know who he is? Who he really is?"

Related Characters: Mad Sweeney (speaker), Shadow Moon (Baldur), Mr. Wednesday (Odin)
Related Symbols: Shadow’s Coins
Page Number: 193
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Shall we go out onto the street, Easter my dear, and repeat the exercise? Find out how many passers-by know that their Easter festival takes its name from Eostre of the Dawn?

Related Characters: Mr. Wednesday (Odin) (speaker), Easter (Eostre)
Page Number: 275
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Chapter 12 Quotes

"Take a sip of this," he said. "Only a sip."
The liquid was pungent, and it evaporated in his mouth like a good brandy, although it did not taste like alcohol. Wednesday took the flask away, and pocketed it. "It's not good for the audience to find themselves walking about backstage. That's why you're feeling sick. We need to hurry to get you out of here."

Related Characters: Mr. Wednesday (Odin) (speaker), Shadow Moon (Baldur)
Page Number: 307
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Chapter 13 Quotes

And as for keeping my word, well, these preliminary talks are being filmed and broadcast live," and he gestured back toward the camera. "Some of your people are watching as we speak. Others will see video-tapes. Others will be told, by those they trust. The camera does not lie."
"Everybody lies," said Wednesday.

Related Characters: Mr. Wednesday (Odin) (speaker), Mr. World (Low Key Lyesmith / Loki) (speaker)
Page Number: 361
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Shadow was stretched out full length on the seat in the back. He felt like two people, or more than two. There was part of him that felt gently exhilarated: he had done something. He had moved. It wouldn't have mattered if he hadn't wanted to live, but he did want to live, and that made all the difference. He hoped he would live through this, but he was willing to die, if that was what it took to be alive.

Related Characters: Shadow Moon (Baldur) (speaker), Mr. Wednesday (Odin) (speaker), Mr. Nancy (Anansi) (speaker)
Page Number: 403
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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
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Postscript Quotes

"You and I, we have walked the same path. I also hung on the tree for nine days, a sacrifice of myself to myself. I am the lord of the Aes. I am the god of the gallows."
"You are Odin," said Shadow.
The man nodded thoughtfully, as if weighing up the name. "They call me many things, but, yes, I am Odin, Bor's son," he said.
"I saw you die," said Shadow. "I stood vigil for your body. You tried to destroy so much, for power. You would have sacrificed so much for yourself. You did that."
"I did not do that."
"Wednesday did. He was you."
"He was me, yes. But I am not him."

Related Characters: Shadow Moon (Baldur) (speaker), Mr. Wednesday (Odin)
Page Number: 521
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Mr. Wednesday (Odin) Character Timeline in American Gods

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Wednesday (Odin) appears in American Gods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...man with a tie pin that looks like a silver tree (later revealed as Mr. Wednesday) tuts at Shadow that he is late. Shadow apologizes if he made the other man... (full context)
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...chuckles about the currencies of information and knowledge, then says Shadow can call him Mr. Wednesday because “today certainly is my day.” Mr. Wednesday then promises to tell Shadow his real... (full context)
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...Shadow orders a burger and chili then goes to the restroom. In the bathroom, Mr. Wednesday suddenly appears at the urinal next to him. Shadow realizes that Mr. Wednesday is almost... (full context)
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...woman is taken to a cemetery in a Cadillac. Back in Jack’s Crocodile Bar, Mr. Wednesday continues to persuade Shadow to take a job with him. When Shadow protests that he... (full context)
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...he really doesn’t have a job, and then pulls out a coin. He asks Mr. Wednesday to call the coin toss to decide if Shadow will take the job or not.... (full context)
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Mr. Wednesday then welcomes Mad Sweeney, a tall man with ginger hair, to their table, and then... (full context)
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Mr. Wednesday brings Shadow a golden drink that tastes oddly sour and sweet, reminding Shadow of the... (full context)
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Mad Sweeney warns Shadow that Wednesday is a hustler, and then the bar falls silent. Shadow comments that these strange lulls... (full context)
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...that Mad Sweeney is clearly drunk, but Mad Sweeney continues to goad both Shadow and Wednesday, saying that Wednesday has hired a coward. Wednesday tells Shadow to deal with the problem... (full context)
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Shadow wakes up in the back of Wednesday’s car with a spectacular hangover. He wonders aloud what happened to his own rental car,... (full context)
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Wednesday stops at a gas station to let Shadow clean up his injuries from fighting Mad... (full context)
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Wednesday drives towards Eagle Point, heading for the funeral parlor where Laura’s memorial will be held.... (full context)
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...to hit Shadow, warning him, “Don’t fuck with me.” The young man then asks about Wednesday’s game plan, but Shadow has no answer. The young man takes out a hand-rolled cigarette... (full context)
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The young man (Technical Boy) tells Shadow to tell Mr. Wednesday that Mr. Wednesday is in the “Dumpster of History” while people like him “have reprogrammed... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...the Motel America gives Shadow his key and reluctantly agrees to call up to Mr. Wednesday’s room, though she regards Shadow with suspicion. Wednesday comes to Shadow in the lobby and... (full context)
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...leaves, with graveyard mud clinging to her shoes and the carpet. Shadow rushes over to Wednesday’s room and knocks on the door. Wednesday answers the door wearing a towel, and Shadow... (full context)
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Shadow tells Wednesday that he’s ready to leave Eagle Point tomorrow. Wednesday happily agrees and goes back to... (full context)
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In the hall, a bard sings the old songs, including those about how Odin, the all-father, was sacrificed to hang for nine days on the world-tree and learned nine... (full context)
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...the Fortunate lands in this place, which he calls Vineland. He finds the gods Tyr, Odin, and Thor already waiting for him there. (full context)
Chapter 4
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The chapter begins by quoting the song “The Midnight Special.” Shadow and Wednesday eat breakfast at a Country Kitchen across the street from the motel. As they eat... (full context)
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Wednesday fills Shadow in on the plan: they will meet some of his associates in one... (full context)
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Wednesday asks if Shadow will miss the town, but Shadow responds that he has too many... (full context)
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Shadow and Wednesday arrive in Chicago and park in front of a black brownstone building. They go into... (full context)
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Shadow and Wednesday go upstairs to a door painted red. A grizzled older man opens the door a... (full context)
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Shadow goes out to the bathroom and returns to find Czernobog yelling at Wednesday that they want his brother instead. Another old woman peeks out from another door in... (full context)
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...Czernobog adds a bet to raise the stakes: if Shadow wins, Czernobog will join Mr. Wednesday’s cause. If Czernobog wins, Czernobog gets to deal one blow with his hammer to Shadow’s... (full context)
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...eat, Czernobog tells his sisters that Shadow’s checkers victory means that Czernobog has to accompany Wednesday on his journey, but Czernobog’s victory means that Czernobog gets to kill Shadow when the... (full context)
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Zorya Verchernyaya insists that Wednesday and Shadow spend the night at their house, though they have to pay the same... (full context)
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...but Zorya Polunochnaya ignores him and explains that her people used to call Ursa Major “Odin’s Wain” and the “Great Bear.” In the old country, she says, they believed that these... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...of Madam Life’s house. Only Zorya U is awake to say goodbye to Shadow and Wednesday when they leave. Shadow keeps his silver coin in his hand, flipping it over his... (full context)
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Looking at the silver coin more closely, Wednesday laughs that Lady Liberty, a foreigner, is the symbol of all that America holds dear,... (full context)
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Wednesday takes Shadow to the bank that he says they will be robbing later, and asks... (full context)
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Shadow and Wednesday leave the Kinko’s and Wednesday tells Shadow that his new identity is A. Haddock, Director... (full context)
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Wednesday goes to the First Illinois bank ATM and tapes an “out of order” sign to... (full context)
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Wednesday continues his performance as Jimmy Gorman until night falls, then tells Shadow to take him... (full context)
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Shadow and Wednesday drive for hours, then reach the House on the Rock. Wednesday explains that it is... (full context)
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Shadow and Wednesday wander through the large house, then find Czernobog in the Mikado room, which is decorated... (full context)
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Mr. Nancy, Shadow, Czernobog, and Wednesday make their way to the House on the Rock’s famous carousel. Shadow is entranced by... (full context)
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...prince wearing a bearskin and riding a creature with blue swirls all over its body. Wednesday rides his wolf, now detached from the carousel, over to Shadow, and tells Shadow all... (full context)
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...in the center of the room. Mr. Nancy mumbles about how cold it is in Wednesday’s hall, which is called Valaskjalf. About ten people sit on benches against the walls, and... (full context)
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Wednesday stands up and walks into the firelight. He gives a speech about the coming storm,... (full context)
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...Shadow asks if everything in the hall really happened. Mr. Nancy tells Shadow to hush. Wednesday directs Shadow to take his car and shuttle the other gods, now in mundane human... (full context)
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...how long Shadow has been working for “Cargo,” which they clarify is their name for Wednesday. Shadow tells the men that he has known Wednesday for three days, and one of... (full context)
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...dreams that he is 15 again, watching his mother die. He wakes and wonders if Wednesday has been caught as well, then notices that the Liberty coin is still in his... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...body of a dead fawn. The bird calls out to Shadow and tells Shadow that Wednesday will meet him in “Kay-ro.” Shadow realizes that this bird must be one of Wednesday’s... (full context)
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Shadow still has some money from the bank heist with Wednesday, so he buys a junky used car from the brother of the woman at the... (full context)
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...about gods: a Viking king who decides to sacrifice one of his men so that Odin will send a wind to push their ship to land. The Vikings draw lots to... (full context)
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...nervously starting to explain that he has made a huge mistake while trying to follow Wednesday’s orders, and needs Shadow to give the gold coin back. The coin that Shadow took... (full context)
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...hangover and is relieved to see that Mad Sweeney is still in fact dead. Mr. Wednesday comes into the kitchen and tells Shadow to get ready for a long drive. Shadow... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...from Wendy Cope’s “A Policeman’s Lot” that describes mythical creatures in the rubble. Shadow asks Wednesday about Mr. Stone and Mr. Wood as they drive into Wisconsin. Wednesday replies that they... (full context)
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Wednesday begins to talk about some of his favorite grifts (cons or swindles) over the years,... (full context)
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The waitress brings Shadow pie and Wednesday talks about his absolute favorite grift: The Bishop Game. One man dressed as a clergyman... (full context)
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With his stories over, Wednesday arranges to meet the waitress at a nearby hotel, explaining to Shadow that this is... (full context)
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...and Shadow hopes that the cold won’t keep him awake all night. He wonders when Wednesday will come get him again, and decides to practice his coin tricks to keep himself... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...everyone they meet as Mike Ainsel. Shadow explains that he works for his “uncle,” naming Wednesday as Emerson Borson and pretending that he has a normal life. Chad and Shadow go... (full context)
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A couple of days later, Wednesday shows up at Shadow’s apartment. Wednesday explains that Shadow has to stay in Lakeside so... (full context)
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Another man in a light grey suit (Wednesday) follows the man in the charcoal suit (The Unknown God), sitting down at the bar... (full context)
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As they walk through the Vegas airport afterwards, Shadow asks who Wednesday came to visit. Wednesday explains, but Shadow doesn’t hear the name. Wednesday says that getting... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The telephone wakes Shadow, and Wednesday angrily asks Shadow why he is drawing attention to himself by dreaming of thunderbirds. Wednesday... (full context)
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San Francisco is much warmer than Lakeside, but Wednesday is still giving Shadow an angry cold shoulder as they walk down Haight Street. Shadow... (full context)
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Wednesday and Shadow meet a woman sitting under a tree in a park with a picnic... (full context)
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...name stuck. Easter warns Shadow to stay out of secret societies, then takes Shadow and Wednesday to a nearby coffee shop. (full context)
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...mortals worship her festival with grand feasts and egg hunts that get bigger every year. Wednesday sniffs that today’s mortals don’t know anything about Easter’s true nature. He proves his point... (full context)
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Wednesday pays for the coffee, trying to stiff the waitress until Shadow slyly covers the difference.... (full context)
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...the idea that America deserves all its blessings. The scene then opens with Shadow driving Wednesday across the Midwest to South Dakota, in a Winnebago that Wednesday has bought. Wednesday comments... (full context)
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After driving a while longer, Shadow tells Wednesday that a girl disappeared in Lakeside. Wednesday calls it a tragedy, but focuses more on... (full context)
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Wednesday tells Shadow to exit the interstate, but finds a roadblock in front of them and... (full context)
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Wednesday and Shadow walk in silence, as Wednesday warns Shadow not to speak and not to... (full context)
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Shadow snaps back into his own body as Wednesday removes Shadow’s hand from the bone shard. The two men watch the spider-like contraption light... (full context)
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Wednesday and Shadow walk down a hill to a mobile home where a dark-skinned man warns... (full context)
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After they eat, Johnny Appleseed asks Wednesday why he is leading the old folks on a war path. Whiskey Jack comments that... (full context)
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Whiskey Jack asks Wednesday if he is going back for his “Ho Chunk,” the proper name for the “Winnebago”... (full context)
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Shadow and Wednesday find Harry Bluejay at the reservation rec hall. Harry angrily explains that he is not... (full context)
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Shadow and Wednesday drive back to Lakeside, seeing notices about the missing Alison McGovern as they get closer... (full context)
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Shadow gets back to the apartment, where his disconnected phone rings. Wednesday is on the line, sounding exhausted as he grumbles about how hard it is to... (full context)
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Mr. World, with his back to the camera, asks Wednesday to take a peace treaty, which Wednesday refuses on the grounds that he cannot speak... (full context)
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...cell playing with his Liberty coin to pass the time and to avoid thinking of Wednesday. A door opens in the lobby and Shadow hurries to put the Liberty coin back... (full context)
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In the car, one of the officers asks if Shadow heard about Wednesday. Shadow recognizes the voice, realizing that the officers are Mr. Nancy and Czernobog. Shadow thanks... (full context)
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...comes back to the table, saying that the New Gods have offered to hand over Wednesday’s body at a neutral location. Czernobog thinks it’s a trick, until he hears that the... (full context)
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...can trust the New Gods to hold a truce this time when they already killed Wednesday. Nancy answers that the center of America is so “negatively sacred” that no god can... (full context)
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...comes out of the motel and greets them, introducing herself as Media. She explains that Wednesday’s body is in the fifth room of the hotel, and that Shadow and his friends... (full context)
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...grove of trees with a bonfire burning in the center. A man who sounds like Wednesday welcomes Shadow to Sweden 1,000 years ago, explaining that this is the place where people... (full context)
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...men in the trees, Shadow asks what his part is in all this, and Swedish Wednesday tells Shadow that he is a diversion, the thing that made it possible for Wednesday... (full context)
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...passes out burgers and fries from McDonald’s and Shadow asks what time the handoff of Wednesday’s body will take place. Both Mr. Nancy and Technical Boy answer “Midnight.” Shadow grumbles that... (full context)
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...have this many gods in one place, no matter who’s side they’re on. But with Wednesday dead, no one can give up the fight now. Mr. Nancy goes back inside and... (full context)
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...why Loki is driving for the New Gods, as he should be particularly loyal to Wednesday as another member of the Norse pantheon. Loki responds that he and Wednesday were never... (full context)
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At five minutes to midnight, Loki tells Shadow it is time to go to Wednesday’s room and light candles. In Room 5, Wednesday is lying peacefully on top of the... (full context)
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The Old Gods wrap up Wednesday’s body in the sheets and Shadow picks him up. As Shadow walks down the corridor,... (full context)
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By dawn, Shadow, Mr. Nancy, and Czernobog have reached Princeton, Missouri with Wednesday’s body. Mr. Nancy advises Shadow to run to Mexico or Canada, but Shadow decides to... (full context)
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Wednesday’s body is still fresh in the back of the bus. Shadow manipulates Wednesday’s glass eye... (full context)
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...doesn’t hurt. The sisters take the ladder away, leaving Shadow hanging from the tree with Wednesday at his feet. The sisters leave, and Shadow is alone. (full context)
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...comes across a scene of his mother as a young woman, dancing in a bar. Wednesday, looking the same as when Shadow knew him, starts dancing with her. Wednesday leads Shadow’s... (full context)
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At the tree, Mr. Town ignores Wednesday’s and Shadow’s bodies and cuts a branch. He fights an instinctual urge to shove the... (full context)
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...throw it across the battle field before the fighting begins and dedicate the battle to Odin. Technical Boy doesn’t understand, so Mr. World says he will give a demonstration. He whips... (full context)
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Shadow then hears Wednesday’s voice telling Shadow that he has done everything exactly right, drawing everyone’s attention when Wednesday... (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, who is lying... (full context)
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Wednesday then steps out of the shadows and explains that he had to do it to... (full context)
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Wednesday and Loki commiserate to each other about the details of their plan, from finding Shadow... (full context)
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One of the Old Gods protests that Odin really did die, and Shadow agrees that Odin’s death was part of the plan. Someone... (full context)
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...African trunk and pulls out a generic bottle of aspirin. Shadow admits that he misses Wednesday, despite all the trouble he caused. Mr. Nancy assures Shadow that Wednesday will always be... (full context)
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...who killed all the kids each winter. Hinzelmann answers that he owed a debt to Wednesday. Shadow understands that Hinzelmann is the reason that Lakeside has always been a “good” town,... (full context)
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...back when their gods could not survive there. The old man reveals that he is Odin, but that he is not the Wednesday that Shadow knew. Odin asks if Shadow will... (full context)
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Shadow tells Odin he has a gift, then “magically” makes Wednesday’s glass eye appear in Odin’s hand through... (full context)