Neuromancer

Neuromancer

by

William Gibson

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Julius “Julie” Deane Character Analysis

A supplier and trafficker based in Chiba. Deane is 135 years old, but remains youthful through an intense regimen of serums and surgery. Deane cares about himself and his bottom line, but has little regard for human life. Case thinks of him as his friend, but in the end their relationship is a business relationship, Deane works to protect himself and no one else. Deane kills Linda Lee when she tries to sell him Case’s stolen RAM, deciding it is cheaper to kill her and take the data than to pay her.

Julius “Julie” Deane Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by Julius “Julie” Deane or refer to Julius “Julie” Deane. 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 Penguin edition of Neuromancer published in 1984.
Chapter 9 Quotes

Case brought the gun around and looked down the line of sight at Deane’s pink, ageless face.

“Don’t,” Deane said. “You’re right. About what this all is. What I am. But there are certain internal logics to be honored. If you use that, you'll see a lot of brains and blood, and it would take me several hours—your subjective time—to effect another spokesperson. This set isn’t easy for me to maintain. Oh, and I’m sorry about Linda, in the arcade. I was hoping to speak through her, but I’m generating all this out of your memories, and the emotional charge….Well, it’s very tricky. I slipped. Sorry.”

Case lowered the gun. “This is the matrix. You’re Wintermute.”

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), Wintermute (speaker), Julius “Julie” Deane (speaker), Linda Lee
Page Number: 119
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Chapter 12 Quotes

He bought a mug of Carlsberg and found a place against the wall. Closing his eyes, he felt for the knot of rage, the pure small coal of his anger. It was there still. Where had it come from? He remembered feeling only a kind of bafflement at his maiming in Memphis, nothing at all when he’d killed to defend his dealing interests in Night City, and a slack sickness and loathing after Linda’s death under the inflated dome. But no anger. Small and far away, on the mind’s screen, a semblance of Deane struck a semblance of an office wall in an explosion of brains and blood. He knew then: the rage had come in the arcade, when Wintermute rescinded the simstim ghost of Linda Lee, yanking away the simple animal promise of food, warmth, a place to sleep. But he hadn’t become aware of it until his exchange with the holo-construct of Lonny Zone.

It was a strange thing. He couldn’t take its measure.

“Numb,” he said. He’d been numb a long time, years. All his nights down Ninsei, his nights with Linda, numb in bed and numb at the cold sweating center of every drug deal. But now he’d found this warm thing, this chip of murder. Meat, some part of him said. It’s the meat talking, ignore it.

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), Julius “Julie” Deane (speaker), Linda Lee, Molly, Lonny Zone
Page Number: 152
Explanation and Analysis:
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Julius “Julie” Deane Character Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the character Julius “Julie” Deane appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...his destiny spelled out in a constellation of cheap chrome,” and decides to see Julius Deane, a smuggler whom he hopes will advise him. (full context)
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Julie is 135, but remains healthy through serums, hormones, and an annual reset of his DNA.... (full context)
Chapter 2
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The next day, Case goes to talk to Julie. Molly follows along, under order to watch him. Case wants to see Julie, and lies... (full context)
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Julie greets Case with a gun in his hand, explaining he’s “just taking care.” Case wants... (full context)
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As Case leaves, Julie says he spent the war in Lisbon. He wasn’t fighting, and jokes, “wonderful what a... (full context)
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After seeing Julie, Case finds Wage and pays off the last of his debt with money gifted from... (full context)
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...Molly explains that when Linda Lee tried to sell the RAM she stole from Case, Julie decided it was easier to kill her than buy the data. She passes Case a... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...a pack of unopened cigarettes at his feet and a box of matches, labeled “ JULIUS DEANE IMPORT EXPORT.” He understands someone is trying to communicate with him. He acknowledges it by... (full context)
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Case walks to Deane’s office. The door is unlocked, and on Deane’s desk is an antique gun. Seeing there... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...struggles to sleep, mulling over his encounter with Wintermute, and Linda’s death. He thinks of Deane’s ginger candies, and realizes Deane ordered Linda’s death, probably manipulated by Wintermute, who had confessed... (full context)