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Duke Leto’s weapons master and a renowned fighter. Halleck is proficient with many styles of fighting, training the young Paul Atreides to be the same. He is a humorous man who is also a talented musician on the baliset (string instrument), often entertaining the Atreides family and men with music.

Gurney Halleck Quotes in Dune

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Book 1, Part 4 Quotes

“Mood?” Halleck’s voice betrayed his outrage even through the shield’s filtering. “What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises—no matter the mood! Mood’s a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It’s not for fighting.”

Related Characters: Gurney Halleck (speaker), Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib
Page Number: 55
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Book 1, Part 9 Quotes

Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It’s shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.

Page Number: 106
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Gurney Halleck Character Timeline in Dune

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Book 1, Part 4
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...None were his own age. Instead, he was entertained and trained by “the troubadour-warrior” Gurney Halleck, the respected Mentat and Master of Assasins Thufir Hawat, swordmaster Duncan Idaho, and the knowledgeable... (full context)
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...of Paul, intending to depart for Arrakis today with the Atreides to follow tomorrow. Gurney Halleck, the Atreides weapons master and Paul’s favorite of Duke Leto’s men, enters the training room.... (full context)
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Paul and Halleck then duel, with the weapons master making it a hard fight for Paul. Halleck is... (full context)
Book 1, Part 10
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...to Paul, and they consider whether the traitor could be Thufir Hawat, Dr. Yueh, Gurney Halleck, Duncan Idaho, or another trusted household member. Before leaving the conservatory, Jessica notices flashes of... (full context)
Book 1, Part 11
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...of his men in his temporary ducal command post in the tower. He tasks Gurney Halleck with assigning extra men to support Thufir Hawat in eradicating Harkonnen agents on Arrakis. He... (full context)
Book 1, Part 12
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...need to acquire fighting Fremen battalions to oppose the Sardaukar. He is pleased that Gurney Halleck has persuaded almost three hundred of the departing spice hunters to stay and work for... (full context)
Book 1, Part 15
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Kynes has been asked to accompany Duke Leto, Paul, and Gurney Halleck to view a spice mining operation. Leto pilots an ornithopter (flying ship) with Kynes directing... (full context)
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...Kynes confirms it is a large worm and radios this information to the crawler. Gurney Halleck directs that the spice bonus that the Duke receives for being first to spot the... (full context)
Book 1, Part 16
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...that includes the loud claim “Here I am and here I remain!” He orders Gurney Halleck to play guests a tune on his baliset, and while the weapons master does so,... (full context)
Book 2, Part 2
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...out how he and his men can escape the Harkonnen forces. He learns that Gurney Halleck and some of the Atreides soldiers are safely hidden with Arrakis smugglers. The Mentat tries... (full context)
Book 2, Part 6
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Gurney Halleck meets with Staban Tuek, son of Esmar Tuek, who now leads the Arrakis spice smuggling... (full context)
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Gurney Halleck and Staban Tuek discuss many topics. Halleck is inclined to believe that Lady Jessica is... (full context)
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Halleck considers joining up with Fremen instead of the smugglers. Tuek sways him toward the latter... (full context)
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Halleck returns to his men, where he finds one of the wounded, Mattai, is close to... (full context)
Book 2, Part 11
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...used to fighting with a force shield, Paul feels confident in his training from Gurney Halleck as he and Jamis circle one another. But after watching the whipcord of a man... (full context)
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...Paul, trying to outwit him by changing his knife to his left hand. Thanks to Halleck’s training and Chani’s advice, Paul is aware of the danger. Jamis’s leap brings his body... (full context)
Book 2, Part 12
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...from items on the ground, perhaps because it reminds him of his troubadour-warrior friend, Gurney Halleck. Paul shares that through his friendship with Jamis, the Fremen has taught him that to... (full context)
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...dangers of becoming involved with Chani. Paul plucks the baliset and sings one of Gurney Halleck’s simple tunes about dusk and nighttime. Jessica is alarmed that Paul has chosen to sing... (full context)
Book 3, Part 6
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...and the Fremen are successful in trapping the smugglers who infringe on Fremen territory. Gurney Halleck, Duke Leto’s old weapons master and Paul’s childhood teacher and friend, leads the smugglers’ party.... (full context)
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Halleck and the smugglers accompany Paul and the Fremen into a cave. Some of the smugglers... (full context)
Book 3, Part 7
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Gurney Halleck, reunited with Paul and accompanying him to meet with his Fremen, is shocked to learn... (full context)
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...vulnerable speech from Paul about Jessica’s honor and love for Duke Leto that finally convinces Halleck she is not at fault. Jessica is also stirred by the great emotion and love... (full context)
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Halleck interrupts the touching moment, shocked to the core and heavily shamed that he has believed... (full context)
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...distracted by the many decisions he needs to make for the Fremen. They request that Halleck play them a tune on his new baliset, with Paul leaving the weapons master playing... (full context)
Book 3, Part 9
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Paul, Stilgar and Gurney Halleck sit on high rock at the Arrakeen Shield Wall, surveilling the enemy encampment. Despite the... (full context)
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...the Sardaukar, while the rest of the Arrakeen populace will confront the Harkonnen forces. Gurney Halleck can also sense the sandstorm approaching, and like Stilgar he urges Paul to retreat and... (full context)
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Halleck and Stilgar worry about the Guild and Great Houses that are still poised in a... (full context)
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The sandstorm arrives, and Gurney Halleck pulls the trigger to hit the Shield Wall with atomics, blowing it up. Fremen immediately... (full context)
Book 3, Part 11
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Paul takes his rightful place on the Arrakeen throne. Gurney Halleck and Stilgar would prefer he set himself up in a more defendable location, such as... (full context)
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Paul asks Halleck to bring Jessica and Chani to him, knowing that Chani will by now have learned... (full context)
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...and beats Stilgar to it. Paul’s powers in foresight impress the Fremen once more. Gurney Halleck notes that the Emperor’s group have no throwing weapons. He also notes Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen’s presence... (full context)
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Halleck notes that the Guild have also been in contact making demands. Jessica is shocked by... (full context)
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Gurney Halleck also informs Paul that Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam is with the Emperor, as is... (full context)
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...very glad to see him. Hawat apologizes to Lady Jessica; he has learned from Gurney Halleck that his furious blame toward her for betraying Duke Leto has been wrong the whole... (full context)
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...demands the Pashidah Emperor’s entire CHOAM holdings and titles, as well as holdings for Gurney Halleck and all other surviving members of House Atreides. Jessica considers that she may like to... (full context)