A “religious freak” from Montana and “artist” who only paints portraits of Barbara Streisand. Lucy is a runaway of “indeterminate age,” and Gonzo meets her on an airplane and gives her acid. Gonzo takes Lucy to the hotel room he shares with Duke in Las Vegas and presumably rapes her. She is described as a girl full of violence and hate with “the face and form of a Pit Bull,” and Duke worries she may attack, or worse—get them arrested for kidnap and sodomy. Duke and Gonzo concoct an outrageous story and ditch Lucy at the Americana Hotel, and she is never heard from again. The character of Lucy underscores sexism and violence against women in American society. Gonzo takes advantage of Lucy, uses and assaults her, and then discards her. While her violence and hatred toward Duke and Gonzo is certainly understood if not justified, she is yet another reflection of the widespread violence in American society.
Savage Lucy Character Timeline in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The timeline below shows where the character Savage Lucy appears in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Two, Chapter 3: Savage Lucy…‘Teeth Like Baseballs, Eyes Like Jellied Fire’
Part Two, Chapter 4: No Refuge for Degenerates…Reflections on a Murderous Junkie
...one from the National District Attorneys’ Association welcoming him to Las Vegas, and one from Lucy, who wants Duke to call her at the Americana, room 1600. “Holy shit!” exclaims Duke... (full context)
...the goddamn television!” The clerk suddenly understands. Yes, he says, the war is “terrible,” but Lucy “sounded very disturbed” when she called. Duke is silent. “I thought you should know this,”... (full context)
Part Two, Chapter 5: A Terrible Experience with Extremely Dangerous Drugs