Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

An android who struggles with problems of empathy, reality, and humanity throughout the novel. Rachael Rosen is introduced to us as the niece of Eldon Rosen, a powerful executive in the Rosen organization. After a few chapters, however, we come to realize that she’s an android, implanted with false memories of her “childhood” in order to make her believe that she’s human. Rachael is a thoughtful, observant android, and seems to have her own agenda, independent of either Eldon’s or Rick’s. She seduces Rick and ends up having sex with him, but afterwards, she reveals that she’s had sex with many other bounty hunters, with the goal of rendering them incapable of murdering another android. In this way, it’s suggested that Rachael has been aware of her android identity for some time now—far longer than either Rick or Eldon believed. As the novel concludes, it appears that Rachael is finally becoming human—ironically, this means that she’s cruel, destructive, and petty, pushing Rick’s new pet goat off a tall building.

Rachael Rosen Quotes in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? quotes below are all either spoken by Rachael Rosen or refer to Rachael Rosen. 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 5 Quotes

"Babyhide," Rick said. He stroked the black leather surface of the briefcase. "One hundred percent genuine human babyhide." He saw the two dial indicators gyrate frantically. But only after a pause. The reaction had come, but too late. He knew the reaction period down to a fraction of a second, the correct reaction period; there should have been none.
"Thanks, Miss Rosen," he said, and gathered together the equipment again; he had concluded his retesting. "That's all."
"You're leaving?" Rachael asked.
"Yes," he said. "I'm satisfied."

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Rachael Rosen (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Voigt-Kampff Test
Page Number: 59
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To Eldon Rosen, who slumped morosely by the door of the room, he said, "Does she know?" Sometimes they didn't; false memories had been tried various times, generally in the mistaken idea that through them reactions to testing would be altered.
Eldon Rosen said, "No. We programmed her completely.”
“But I think toward the end she suspected." To the girl he said, "You guessed when he asked for one more try."
Pale, Rachael nodded fixedly.

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Eldon Rosen (speaker), Rachael Rosen
Related Symbols: The Voigt-Kampff Test
Page Number: 59
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Chapter 17 Quotes

Putting his laser tube away Rick said, "I can't do what Phil Resch said." He snapped the motor back on, and a moment later they had taken off again.
"If you're ever going to do it," Rachael said, "do it now. Don't make me wait."

"I'm not going to kill you." He steered the car in the direction of downtown San Francisco once again. "Your car's at the St. Francis, isn't it? I'll let you off there and you can head for Seattle." That ended what he had to say; he drove in silence.
"Thanks for not killing me," Rachael said presently.
"Hell, as you said you've only got two years of life left, anyhow. And I've got fifty. I'll live twenty-five times as long as you."

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Rachael Rosen (speaker), Phil Resch
Page Number: 201
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Chapter 20 Quotes

"Rick," she said, "I have to tell you something. I'm sorry. The goat is dead."

For some reason it did not surprise him; it only made him feel worse, a quantitative addition to the weight shrinking him from every side. "I think there's a guarantee in the contract," he said. "If it gets sick within ninety days the dealer — "
"It didn't get sick. Someone" — Iran cleared her throat and went on huskily — "someone came here, got the goat out of its cage, and dragged it to the edge of the roof."
"And pushed it off?" he said.
"Yes." She nodded.
"Did you see who did it?"
"I saw her very clearly," Iran said. "Barbour was still up here fooling around; he came down to get me and we called the police, but by then the animal was dead and she had left. A small young-looking girl with dark hair and large black eyes, very thin. Wearing a long fishscale coat. She had a mail-pouch purse. And she made no effort to keep us from seeing her. As if she didn't care."

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Iran Deckard (speaker), Rachael Rosen, Bill Barbour
Page Number: 226-227
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Rachael Rosen Character Timeline in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The timeline below shows where the character Rachael Rosen appears in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...he lands, he sees a young woman waiting for him. The woman introduces herself as Rachael Rosen. Rick notices her long eyelashes, which are probably artificial. (full context)
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Rachael asks Rick about Rick’s career as a “bounty hunter”—someone who retires androids. Inside, Rachael shows... (full context)
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...be running a series of Voigt-Kampff tests on Rosen employees to root out potential androids. Rachael asks Rick to give her the test. Rick, puzzled, agrees. Eldon tells Rick that Rachael... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Rick proceeds with his Voigt-Kampff test for Rachael Rosen. He shines a bright light into her eye to measure pupil dilations, and asks... (full context)
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...resulted in innocent humans being mistaken for androids and murdered. Rick realizes that Eldon and Rachael have tricked Rick into revealing the inconclusiveness of his own test—by testing Rachael, Rick has... (full context)
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Eldon tells Rick that he wants Rick’s help. He and Rachael offer Rick an owl—an especially rare animal. In return for this gift—a bounty—Rick will help... (full context)
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Rick then has a suspicion, and tells Rachael he wants to ask her one more Voigt-Kampff test question. He tells Rachael that his... (full context)
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Rick walks out with Eldon and Rachael and abruptly asks Eldon if Rachael knows she’s an android. Eldon explains that she had... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...declines, saying she has to be going. Before John leaves, the woman introduces herself as Rachael Rosen. John recognizes this name—he’s familiar with the Rosen organization. The woman shakes her head... (full context)
Chapter 8
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At the station, Rick gets a call from Rachael in Seattle. Rachael tells Rick that she’s considering working with Rick—he could benefit from an... (full context)
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...regrets not following through with his plan. Rick hangs up the phone and thinks about Rachael Rosen. He doubts that he’ll need her help to track down the androids, but he’ll... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...androids, and realizes that he’ll probably fail. On the way to the address, he dials Rachael Rosen’s number, and asks her to come to San Francisco as soon as she can—he... (full context)
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Rick changes his approach slightly: he tells Rachael to come down to San Francisco to “rent a hotel room” with him. He explains... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Rachael Rosen walks into the hotel room, carrying a bottle of bourbon. Without greeting her, Rick... (full context)
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Rachael tells Rick that the last Nexus-Six that Rick retired was the same model that she... (full context)
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Rachael quickly becomes drunk. She tells Rick, laughing, that she can’t go with him to find... (full context)
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Rachael tells Rick, “I love you,” but Rick doesn’t reply. Rachael offers to retire one of... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Rick and Rachael have just had sex in their hotel room. Rick tells Rachael he enjoyed himself—he’d gladly... (full context)
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As they walk out of the hotel and climb into Rick’s hovercar, Rachael tells Rick the truth: she has sex with bounty hunters to ensure that they’re too... (full context)
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Rick tells Rachael he’s going to kill her, along with the other androids—Rachael will be “practice” for him.... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Suddenly, Rick turns around and finds himself staring at a woman who resembles Rachael Rosen. He fires at the woman, and she explodes into tiny pieces. Then he hears... (full context)
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...in another room, screams in anguish. Rick calls, “Okay, you loved her. And I loved Rachael.” He rushes toward Roy and shoots Roy with his laser gun—Roy’s body explodes. Rick stands... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Rick thinks about Rachael. It’s illegal for humans to have sex with robots, he remembers. Rachael is probably back... (full context)