Neuromancer

Neuromancer

by

William Gibson

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Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool Character Analysis

The cloned daughter of Marie-France and Ashpool. 3Jane, her father, and her biological cloned brother 8Jean are the only conscious members of their family in the Villa Straylight (the rest are frozen in cryogenic sleep) where she lives with her cloned bodyguard, Hideo. 3Jane has never met her biological father, although she poisoned his thoughts and dreams with Wintermute’s help through her adolescence and adulthood. 3Jane is uninterested in her family’s legacy, although she is interested in her mother’s philosophies. She’s fascinated by violence, but easily bored, which is why she first is entertained and then tired by Riviera, who she invites into Straylight after watching one of his holographic performances. Eventually, she agrees to help Case, Molly, and Maelcum free her family’s two AIs, Wintermute and Neuromancer, realizing that if she doesn’t, nothing will ever change for her, and she’ll grow bored with her life.

Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool or refer to Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool. 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 11 Quotes

He vomited over a rosewood railing into the quiet waters of the lake. Something that had seemed to close around his head like a vise had released him now. Kneeling, his cheek against the cool wood, he stared across the shallow lake at the bright aura of the Rue Jules Verne.

Case had seen the medium before; when he’d been a teenager in the Sprawl, they’d called it, “dreaming real.” He remembered thin Puerto Ricans under East Side streetlights, dreaming real to the quick beat of a salsa, dreamgirls shuddering and turning, the onlookers clapping in time. But that had needed a van full of gear and a clumsy trode helmet.

What Riviera dreamed, you got. Case shook his aching head and spat into the lake.

He could guess the end, the finale. There was an inverted symmetry: Riviera puts the dreamgirl together, the dreamgirl takes him apart. With those hands. Dreamblood soaking the rotten lace.

Cheers from the restaurant, applause. Case stood and ran his hands over his clothes. He turned and walked back into the Vingtiéme Siécle.

Molly’s chair was empty. The stage was deserted. Armitage sat alone, still staring at the stage, the stem of the wineglass between his fingers.

Page Number: 141
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Chapter 14 Quotes

“…Remember this?” And his right hand held the charred wasps’ nest from Case’s dream, reek of fuel in the closeness of the dark shop. Case stumbled back against a wall of junk. “Yeah. That was me. Did it with the holo rig in the window. Another memory I tapped out of you when I flatlined you that first time. Know why it’s important?”

Case shook his head. “Because”—and the nest, somehow, was gone—“it’s the closest thing you got to what Tessier-Ashpool would like to be. The human equivalent. Straylight’s like that nest, or anyway it was supposed to work out that way. I figure it’ll make you feel better.”

“Feel better?”

“To know what they’re like. You were starting to hate my guts for a while there. That’s good. But hate them instead. Same difference.”

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), Wintermute (speaker), Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool
Related Symbols: Wasp Nest
Page Number: 171
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Chapter 16 Quotes

He closed his eyes. He saw the sacs of toxin dissolving in his arteries. He saw Molly hauling herself up the endless steel rungs. He opened his eyes.

“I dunno, man,” he said, a strange taste in his mouth. He looked down at his desk, at his hands. “I don’t know.” He looked back up. The brown face was calm now, intent. Maelcum’s chin was hidden by the high helmet ring of his old blue suit. “She’s inside,” he said. “Molly’s inside. In Straylight, it’s called. If there’s any Babylon, man, that’s it. We leave on her, she ain’t comin’ out, Steppin’ Razor or not.”

Maelcum nodded, the dreadbag bobbing behind him like a captive balloon of crocheted cotton. “She you woman, Case?”

“I dunno. Nobody’s woman, maybe.” He shrugged. And found his anger again, real as a shard of hot rock beneath his ribs. “Fuck this,” he said. “Fuck Armitage, fuck Wintermute, and fuck you. I’m stayin’ right here.”

Maelcum’s smile spread across his face like light breaking. “Maelcum a rude boy, Case. Garvey Maelcum boat.” His gloved hand slapped a panel and the bass-heavy rocksteady of Zion dub came pulsing from the tug’s speakers. “Maelcum not runnin’, no. I talk wi’ Aerol, he certain t’ see it in similar light.”

Case stared. “I don’t understand you guys at all,” he said.

“Don’ ’stan’ you, mon,” the Zionite said, nodding to the beat, “but we mus’ move by Jah love, each one.”

Page Number: 192
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Chapter 18 Quotes

“Wintermute won’t be the first to have made the same mistake. Underestimating me…He talked with me, Molly. I suppose he talked to all of us. You, and Case, whatever there is of Armitage to talk to. He can’t really understand us, you know. He has his profiles, but those are only statistics. You may be the statistical animal, darling, and Case is nothing but, but I possess a quality unquantifiable by its very nature.” He drank.

“And what exactly is that, Peter?” Molly asked, her voice flat.

Riviera beamed. “Perversity.”

Page Number: 219
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Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool Character Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the character Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
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...announces as he appears on stage, is called “The Doll,” and is dedicated to Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool “and to another lady.” (full context)
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...to prepare. Armitage leaves, and as Case lingers, he notices a woman in a private booth—3Jane. As he leaves the restaurant, he notices the three French teenagers again. (full context)
Chapter 12
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...and how she “walks like Hideo.” Case asks about Hideo, and Cath explains that he’s 3Jane’s family retainer and bodyguard. Cath gives Case a derm “so we can be together.” He... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...Dixie passes on information from Wintermute, he told him most Tessier-Ashpools are in cold sleep. 3Jane is the only one awake in Straylight. The other two who were awake are either... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...storage, he had awful dreams, sending him over the edge. These dreams were caused by 3Jane, who messed with his cryogenic sleep, but learned how from Wintermute. (full context)
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...more than ever how disturbed Riviera is, but also that his dysfunction is what drew 3Jane to him and convinced her to let him into her fortress. (full context)
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...to walk. She approaches a gash in the wall of the tunnel: the entrance to 3Jane’s world. She raises her hand to her mouth and kisses it—a goodbye kiss to Case.... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Case watches Molly enter 3Jane’s lair. At the bottom of the stairs, Molly sees a boy on the diving board... (full context)
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...the pain in her leg. He searches her pockets and finds a packet of drugs. 3Jane has also appeared, and asks Hideo to give Molly something to keep her from losing... (full context)
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...no state to finish the mission alone: kill Riviera, get the magic word out of 3Jane, and get 3Jane to say it to the head. (full context)
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...the virus will move from the ship into the Villa. Case and Maelcum will find 3Jane, get the word, kill Riviera, and get the physical key from Molly. Case can check... (full context)
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Case jacks into Molly’s simstim as Maelcum navigates the Garvey towards Straylight. 3Jane is telling Molly about her mother, Marie-France, but then stops to ask Molly what her... (full context)
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3Jane points out that Molly killed her father, which she knows because she watched it on... (full context)
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...Case returns to Molly’s simstim. Molly is unconscious, but still sends stimulus back to Case. 3Jane is upset that Molly is injured, but Riviera tries to argue he saved 3Jane’s life.... (full context)
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...they only have an hour—the virus will be finished at 8:30 P.M., at which point 3Jane will have to speak the secret word to the automaton head. He and Maelcum gather... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Case flips to Molly’s simstim. 3Jane is bandaging her head and broken eye. 3Jane tells Molly that although Riviera wants to... (full context)
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3Jane tells Molly about her mother, Marie-France, who commissioned the family’s AIs, but died before she... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...service cart sputters back to life and brings Case and Maelcum down the hallway towards 3Jane’s lair. Case tells Maelcum the situation inside: Molly’s incapacitated, Riviera might have Molly’s fletcher and... (full context)
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Case and Maelcum descend the steps to 3Jane’s room. At first it appears empty, until suddenly one of Hideo’s arrows hits Maelcum in... (full context)
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Case realizes that Riviera doesn’t know about Molly’s simstim, although Hideo and 3Jane probably do, having patted her down. Therefore, Hideo and 3Jane know that Case knows they... (full context)
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3Jane orders Hideo to help bandage Maelcum’s wound. As Hideo works, Case tells 3Jane they’re running... (full context)
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...but is disturbed when Hideo finds his bow and arrow and begins stalking towards Riviera. 3Jane explains that Hideo relies on his other senses just as much as on sight, and... (full context)
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Maelcum picks up the gun from where he dropped it, pointing it at 3Jane. Molly raises her hands, which are bound, and asks 3Jane to take her restraints off.... (full context)
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Case, Maelcum, Molly, and 3Jane make their way towards the core of Villa Straylight. Maelcum carries Molly, and Case presses... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Case flips into Molly’s simstim; Molly is choking 3Jane to get her to say the code. Case jacks out. He turns towards 3Jane and... (full context)
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...He moves gracefully and carefully, jacking out for a single second to yell “now!” so 3Jane can sing out the code—three notes of song.” Back in the matrix, for a second,... (full context)