Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Rick Deckard Character Analysis

The protagonist of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Rick Deckard is an experienced police officer and bounty hunter, who, during the course of the novel, is sent to hunt down and kill (“retire”) six androids that have escaped from Mars. Rick is an introspective thinker given to questioning what his friends and family take for granted. As Rick pursues the androids, he begins to question the morality of what he’s doing—in other words, he begins to wonder if androids aren’t “people,” after all. Furthermore, Rick begins to suspect that he may be an android himself. And yet in spite of his doubts and objections, Rick is a “man of his time”—someone who thoughtlessly subscribes to the main dogmas of his own society. Like all of his peers, he spends all his money buying expensive animals, seemingly for no other reason than a desire to impress his neighbors. In the end, Rick seems to cast aside most of his doubts about the morality of retiring androids: thus, he murders Roy Baty, Irmgard Baty, and Pris Stratton. Yet he seems to have acquired some minimal respect for the value of machines’ “lives,” and in the final chapter, he describes them as paltry but real. Rick is a classic noir “antihero”—a conflicted, not entirely sympathetic character, who is nevertheless our guide through Dick’s bizarre futuristic world.

Rick Deckard Quotes in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? quotes below are all either spoken by Rick Deckard or refer to Rick Deckard. 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 Ballantine Books edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? published in 1996.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Examining the schedule for January 3, 1992, he saw that a businesslike professional attitude was called for. "If I dial by schedule," he said warily, "will you agree to also?" He waited, canny enough not to commit himself until his wife had agreed to follow suit.
"My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression," Iran said.
"What? Why did you schedule that?" It defeated the whole purpose of the mood organ. "I didn't even know you could set it for that," he said gloomily.

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Iran Deckard (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Mood Organ
Page Number: 4-5
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As he started toward his car Barbour called after him hurriedly, "Um, I won't say anything to anybody here in the building."
Pausing, Rick started to say thanks. But then something of the despair that Iran had been talking about tapped him on the shoulder and he said, "I don't know; maybe it doesn't make any difference."
"But they'll look down on you. Not all of them, but some. You know how people are about not taking care of an animal; they consider it immoral and anti-empathic. I mean, technically it's not a crime like it was right after WWT. But the feeling's still there."

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Bill Barbour (speaker), Iran Deckard
Related Symbols: World War Terminus
Page Number: 13
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Chapter 3 Quotes

Empathy, he once had decided, must be limited to herbivores or anyhow omnivores who could depart from a meat diet. Because, ultimately, the emphatic gift blurred the boundaries between hunter and victim, between the successful and the defeated. As in the fusion withMercer, everyone ascended together or, when the cycle had come to an end, fell together into the trough of the tomb world. Oddly, it resembled a sort of biological insurance, but double-edged. As long as some creature experienced joy, then the condition for all other creatures included a fragment of joy. However, if any living being suffered, then for all the rest the shadow could not be entirely cast off. A herd animal such as man would acquire a higher survival factor through this; an owl or a cobra would be destroyed.
Evidently the humanoid robot constituted a solitary predator.

Related Characters: Rick Deckard, Al Jarry / Wilbur Mercer
Related Symbols: The Empathy Box
Page Number: 31
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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 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 11 Quotes

Garland said, "That damn fool Resch."
"He actually doesn't know?"
"He doesn't know; he doesn't suspect; he doesn't have the slightest idea. Otherwise he couldn't live out a life as a bounty hunter, a human occupation — hardly an android occupation." Garland gestured toward Rick's briefcase. "Those other carbons, the other suspects you're supposed to test and retire. I know them all." He paused, then said, "We all came here together on the same ship from Mars. Not Resch; he stayed behind another week, receiving the synthetic memory system." He was silent, then.
Or rather it was silent.

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Garland (speaker), Phil Resch
Page Number: 122
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"You androids," Rick said, "don't exactly cover for each other in times of stress."
Garland snapped, "I think you're right; it would seem we lack a specific talent you humans possess. I believe it's called empathy."

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Garland (speaker)
Page Number: 124
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Preoccupied, Phil Resch drove by reflex; his progressively more gloomy train of thought continued to dominate his attention. "Listen, Deckard," he said suddenly. "After we retire Luba Luft — I want you to — " His voice, husky and tormented,broke off. "You know. Give me the Boneli test or that empathy scale you have. To see about me."
"We can worry about that later," Rick said evasively. "You don't want me to take it, do you?" Phil Resch glanced at him with acute comprehension. "I guess you know what the results will be; Garland must have told you something. Facts which I don't know."

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Phil Resch (speaker), Garland
Related Symbols: The Voigt-Kampff Test
Page Number: 128
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Chapter 12 Quotes

"I see a pattern. The way you killed Garland and then the way you killed Luba. You don't kill the way I do; you don't try to — Hell," he said, "I know what it is. You like to kill. All you need is a pretext. If you had a pretext you'd kill me. That's why you picked up on the possibility of Garland being an android; it made him available for being killed.”

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Phil Resch, Garland
Page Number: 137
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"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

Rick said, "I took a test, one question, and verified it; I've begun to empathize with androids, and look what that means. You said it this morning yourself. 'Those poor andys.' So you know what I'm talking about. That's why I bought the goat. I never felt like that before. Maybe it could be a depression, like you get. I can understand now how you suffer when you're depressed; I always thought you liked it and I thought you could have snapped yourself out any time, if not alone then by means of the mood organ. But when you get that depressed you don't care. Apathy, because you've lost a sense of worth. It doesn't matter whether you feel better because if you have no worth — "
"What about your job?" Her tone jabbed at him; he blinked. "Your job," Iran repeated. "What are the monthly payments on the goat?" She held out her hand; reflexively he got out the contract which he had signed, passed it to her.

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Iran Deckard (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Mood Organ
Page Number: 174-175
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Chapter 16 Quotes

In addition, this android stole, and experimented with, various mind-fusing drugs, claiming when caught that it hoped to promote in androids a group experience similar to that of Mercerism, which it pointed out remains unavailable to androids.
The account had a pathetic quality. A rough, cold android, hoping to undergo an experience from which, due to a deliberately built-in defect, it remained excluded. But he could not work up much concern for Roy Baty; he caught, from Dave's jottings, a repellent quality hanging about this particular android.

Related Characters: Rick Deckard, Roy Baty, Dave Holden
Related Symbols: The Empathy Box
Page Number: 185
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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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Chapter 21 Quotes

It would have been rewarding to talk to Dave, he decided. Dave would have approved what I did. But also he would have understood the other part, which I don't think even Mercer comprehends. For Mercer everything is easy, he thought, because Mercer accepts everything. Nothing is alien to him. But what I've done, he thought; that's become alien to me. In fact everything about me has become unnatural; I've become an unnatural self.

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Al Jarry / Wilbur Mercer, Dave Holden
Page Number: 230
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Chapter 22 Quotes

I'm a special, he thought. Something has happened to me. Like the chickenhead Isidore and his spider; what happened to him is happening to me. Did Mercer arrange it? But I'm Mercer. I arranged it; I found the toad. Found it because I see through Mercer's eyes.

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), John Isidore, Al Jarry / Wilbur Mercer
Related Symbols: The Toad
Page Number: 237
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"Do you want to use the mood organ? To feel better? You always have gotten a lot out of it, more than I ever have."
"I'll be okay." He shook his head, as if trying to clear it, still bewildered. "The spider Mercer gave the chickenhead, Isidore; it probably was artificial, too. But it doesn't matter. The electric things have their lives, too. Paltry as those lives are."

Related Characters: Rick Deckard (speaker), Iran Deckard (speaker), John Isidore, Al Jarry / Wilbur Mercer
Related Symbols: The Mood Organ, The Toad
Page Number: 241
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Chapter 1
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Rick Deckard wakes up in bed next to his wife, Iran. He whispers to Iran that... (full context)
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Rick gets out of bed and thinks about buying a real sheep, as opposed to the... (full context)
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...mentions 481—the mood setting that corresponds to a sense of “awareness of the manifold possibilities.” Rick uses this setting for his work all the time. Iran complains that she doesn’t like... (full context)
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Rick finishes breakfast and heads outside, where he sees a flock of sheep—the pets of his... (full context)
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Rick greets his neighbor, Bill Barbour. Bill owns a horse, which is pregnant with foals. He... (full context)
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Bill suggests that Rick buy a cheap animal, such as a cat or a mouse. Rick ignores him and... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Rick Deckard stops at a pet shop on his way to work. This is a common... (full context)
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Rick arrives at his police station and greets his superior, Harry Bryant. Rick learns that his... (full context)
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Rick continues thinking about the Nexus-Six model. One reason these robots are so dangerous is that... (full context)
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Empathy is the key to testing an android’s humanity, Rick thinks. There’s a strange religion called Mercerism, which requires its followers to unite in a... (full context)
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In Mercerism, Rick thinks, there’s a strong emphasis placed on opposing “killers,” and Mercer, the founder of Mercerism,... (full context)
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Rick takes a pinch of Siddons snuff (an unexplained drug) and thinks about the pet shop... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Rick thinks about Dave Holden’s sudden hospitalization—an android shot him with a laser. Bryant informs Rick... (full context)
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Bryant and Rick discuss the Voigt-Kampff test. It’s true, Bryant admits, that a few real human beings can’t... (full context)
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Rick flies out to Seattle in his hovercar, and lands on the roof of the Rosen... (full context)
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Rachael asks Rick about Rick’s career as a “bounty hunter”—someone who retires androids. Inside, Rachael shows Rick a... (full context)
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Rick follows the Rosens into their building, where he explains that he’ll be running a series... (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... (full context)
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Rick talks to Eldon Rosen about his androids. Because of Eldon’s engineering, androids have become so... (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.... (full context)
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Rick then has a suspicion, and tells Rachael he wants to ask her one more Voigt-Kampff... (full context)
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Rick walks out with Eldon and Rachael and abruptly asks Eldon if Rachael knows she’s an... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Rick Deckard is back in Harry Bryant’s office to discuss his meeting with the Rosens. Bryant... (full context)
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Rick travels to the Bay Area Scavengers Company, where Polokov is likely to be. Junk collectors... (full context)
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At the station, Rick gets a call from Rachael in Seattle. Rachael tells Rick that she’s considering working with... (full context)
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As he’s climbing into his hovercar, Rick sees Mr. Kadalyi, the officer from the Soviet Union. Kadalyi proudly shows Rick a new... (full context)
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Rick gets a call from Iran. Iran tells Rick that she’s sad and tired, and Rick... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Rick arrives at an old opera house, in which he can hear Mozart’s The Magic Flute.... (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... (full context)
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Rick proceeds with the Voigt-Kampff test, and Miss Luft reluctantly listens to his questions. She goes... (full context)
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Suddenly, Miss Luft points a laser gun at Rick and calls the police. A few moments later, a police officer (a “harness bull”) enters... (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 back, Crams... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Rick and Crams have just arrived at the Mission Street Hall of Justice. Rick has never... (full context)
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Rick uses his phone call to talk to Iran. When he dials Iran on the “vidscreen,”... (full context)
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Still in the police station, Rick is taken to speak with an officer named Garland, and another officer named Phil Resch.... (full context)
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Garland spells out the situation: Rick claims that he works for a police agency based out of Lombard Street. Garland has... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Rick proceeds with his Voigt-Kampff test, applying it to Phil Resch, another bounty-hunter. Resch nods and... (full context)
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Rick begins to fill in the other details of his day so far. The reason another... (full context)
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Resch returns, carrying his own human-android testing equipment. Resch and Rick sit down. As Rick sits, Garland points a laser gun at Rick. Resch is too... (full context)
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Resch tells Rick that in order to sneak out of the building, he’ll need to handcuff Rick. Resch... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Rick and Resch have arrived at the opera house. They learn that Miss Luft has left... (full context)
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As Rick and Resch walk Luft out of the museum, Luft asks Rick to buy her a... (full context)
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Rick and Resch march Luft to an elevator, and when the doors close, Resch shoots her... (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... (full context)
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After Rick calls the authorities, Resch and Rick climb into the hovercar. Inside the car, Rick takes... (full context)
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The novel cuts ahead to just after Rick has finished the test. Resch is relieved by what he’s found out, and asks Rick... (full context)
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Rick tells Resch that he wants Resch to administer the Voigt-Kampff test on him. Rick points... (full context)
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Resch tells Rick that on Mars and other off-world colonies, there are android mistresses, designed to have sex... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Rick returns to his home, where he finds Iran waiting for him. He tells his wife... (full context)
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Rick and Iran grip the handles of the empathy box. As Rick does so, he realizes... (full context)
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The phone rings, and Iran answers it—it’s Harry Bryant. Bryant tells Rick that he’s tracked down two of the remaining androids: Rick needs to go to the... (full context)
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Rick hangs up the phone and grips the empathy box with Iran. He sees a vision... (full context)
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Rick stops gripping the empathy box and leaves his home. He mentally prepares to retire the... (full context)
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Rick changes his approach slightly: he tells Rachael to come down to San Francisco to “rent... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Rick Deckard is sitting in a beautiful hotel room in the St. Francis hotel. He reads... (full context)
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Rachael Rosen walks into the hotel room, carrying a bottle of bourbon. Without greeting her, Rick explains that he’s tracked down the “leader” of the androids, along with his two remaining... (full context)
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Rachael tells Rick that the last Nexus-Six that Rick retired was the same model that she is—beside the... (full context)
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Rachael quickly becomes drunk. She tells Rick, laughing, that she can’t go with him to find Roy Baty—but she’ll be waiting for... (full context)
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Rachael tells Rick, “I love you,” but Rick doesn’t reply. Rachael offers to retire one of the androids... (full context)
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Rick tells Rachael he’s going to kill her, along with the other androids—Rachael will be “practice”... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Rick hears Roy and Irmgard running away from the door. He kicks down the door and... (full context)
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Rick turns and finds John Isidore crying. Rick’s only consolation to John is, “Don’t take it... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Rick returns to his apartment, where he finds Iran waiting for him. Iran tells Rick that... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Chapter 22
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Iran sits in the apartment next to the mood organ. There’s a sudden knock—it’s Rick, with his cheek cut and his clothing dusty. He tells Iran that he has a... (full context)
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...toad carefully. She finds an electric switch on the toad’s abdomen—it’s just a fake animal. Rick is crestfallen. He can’t imagine who would place a fake toad in the middle of... (full context)
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Rick tells Iran that he’s going to sleep, since he needs rest. Iran nods and tells... (full context)