Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Miss Luba Luft Character Analysis

A female android and talented opera singer living in San Francisco, Luba Luft has no idea that she’s an android—as far as she knows, she’s a human being who’s lived in San Francisco her whole life. In spite of Luba’s harmlessness, Rick Deckard is tasked with retiring her immediately—a task he finds very difficult (in the end, it’s Phil Resch, Rick’s sadistic coworker, who shoots her). In spite of her ignorance of her own nature, Luba Luft could be considered one of the wisest characters in the novel. Her question to Rick, “Have you taken your own test?” prompts Rick to reconsider his own humanity, and provides a powerful reminder of the relativism of humanity and reality.

Miss Luba Luft Quotes in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Luba Luft or refer to Miss Luba Luft. 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 9 Quotes

"An android," he said, "doesn't care what happens to any other android. That's one of the indications we look for."
"Then," Miss Luft said, "you must be an android."
That stopped him; he stared at her.
"Because," she continued, "Your job is to kill them, isn't it? You're what they call — " She tried to remember.
"A bounty hunter," Rick said. "But I'm not an android."
"This test you want to give me." Her voice, now, had begun to return. "Have you taken it?"

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Miss Luba Luft
Related Symbols: The Voigt-Kampff Test
Page Number: 101
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Chapter 12 Quotes

"If it's love toward a woman or an android imitation, it's sex. Wake up and face yourself, Deckard. You wanted to go to bed with a female type of android — nothing more, nothing less. I felt that way, on one occasion. When I had just started bounty hunting. Don't let it get you down; you'll heal. What's happened is that you've got your order reversed. Don't kill her—or be present when she's killed — and then feel physically attracted. Do it the other way."

Related Characters: Phil Resch (speaker), Rick Deckard, Miss Luba Luft
Page Number: 143
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Chapter 15 Quotes

"Maybe they did just what we're doing," Roy Baty said. "Confided in, trusted, one given human being who they believed was different. As you said, special."
"We don't know that," Irmgard said. "That's only a conjecture. I think they, they — " She gestured. "Walked around. Sang from a stage like Luba. We trust — I'll tell you what we trust that fouls us up, Roy; it's our goddamn superior intelligence!" She glared at her husband, her small, high breasts rising and falling rapidly. "We're so smart — Roy, you're doing it right now; goddamn you, you're doing it now!"

Related Characters: Roy Baty (speaker), Irmgard Baty (speaker), Miss Luba Luft
Page Number: 166-167
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Miss Luba Luft Character Timeline in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Luba Luft appears in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
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...Kadalyi will arrive shortly. He also mentions that Rick’s next victim may be a Miss Luft, a supposed opera singer from Germany. (full context)
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...help to track down the androids, but he’ll reevaluate the situation after dealing with Miss Luft. He researches some information about opera before going to see her. (full context)
Chapter 9
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...after writing his opera. Rick enters the main room of the opera house and notices Luba Luft, the next android on his list, impersonating Pamina, one of the characters in the... (full context)
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After the opera finishes, Rick goes to Miss Luft’s dressing room. There, he tells Miss Luft that he’d like to give her a test... (full context)
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Rick proceeds with the Voigt-Kampff test, and Miss Luft reluctantly listens to his questions. She goes off on long tangents about her memories of... (full context)
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Suddenly, Miss Luft points a laser gun at Rick and calls the police. A few moments later, a... (full context)
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Officer Crams and Miss Luft march Rick to his hovercar, where they find the body of Polokov. While Luft hangs... (full context)
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...android. Rick admits that he didn't have a chance to test either Polokov or Miss Luft for android characteristics. (full context)
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...building—are going to sneak out. He also tells Rick that Rick will need to find Luba Luft again and retire her before the androids at the law enforcement office warn her. (full context)
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...convulse. He makes Rick promise to give him a human-android test when they finish retiring Luba Luft. Rick replies, “We can worry about that later.” Together, Rick and Resch walk out... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Rick and Resch have arrived at the opera house. They learn that Miss Luft has left the building to go to a museum. At the museum, Rick notices a... (full context)
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As Rick and Resch walk Luft out of the museum, Luft asks Rick to buy her a postcard of one of... (full context)
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Rick and Resch march Luft to an elevator, and when the doors close, Resch shoots her in the stomach. Luft... (full context)
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The elevator doors open, and Rick tells Resch to stay with Luft’s body—Rick will call the police. Resch accuses Rick of hating him. In response, Rick points... (full context)
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...designed to have sex with humans. Resch points out that Rick feels guilty about killing Luft because he was physically attracted to her. Rick realizes that Resch is an excellent bounty... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...has been taking care of her. Roy tells Pris that Polokov, Garland, Anders, Gitchel, and Luba have been killed. Pris finds this devastating. As far as Roy knows, he, Pris, and... (full context)
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...his whole body feels numb. Rachael goes on to tell Rick that she knew Polokov, Luba Luft, and the other androids Rick and Phil retired—indeed, Rachael and Luba had been friends... (full context)