William Gibson

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The matriarch of the Tessier-Ashpool clan, wife of Ashpool, mother of the original Jane and Jean, and genetic mother of 3Jane and 8Jean. Marie-France had great ambitions for her family. She commissioned the creation of the T-A’s twin AIs—Neuromancer and Wintermute. She dreamed of a symbiotic relationship with the AIs, where the computers would make corporate decisions for the family. Neuromancer, especially, liked Marie-France, and the bunker on a beach in which he traps Case and Linda Lee is based on memories of a beach she spent a summer on as she worked on her philosophy. Marie-France is dead before the book begins. Her husband, Ashpool, strangled her over differences in the direction of their family.

Marie-France Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by Marie-France or refer to Marie-France. 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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Chapter 21 Quotes

“To call up a demon you must learn its name. Men dreamed that, once, but now it is real in another way. You know that, Case. Your business is to learn the names of programs, the long formal names, names the owners seek to conceal. True names...”

“A Turing code’s not your name.”

“Neuromancer,” the boy said, slitting long gray eyes against the rising sun. “The lane to the land of the dead. Where you are, my friend. Marie-France, my lady, she prepared this road, but her lord choked her off before I could read the book of her days. Neuro from the nerves, the silver paths. Romancer. Necromancer. I call up the dead. But no, my friend,” and the boy did a little dance, brown feet printing the sand, “I am the dead, and their land.” He laughed. A gull cried. “Stay. If your woman is a ghost, she doesn’t know it. Neither will you.”

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), Neuromancer / Rio (speaker), Wintermute, Marie-France, Michèle
Page Number: 243
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Marie-France Character Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the character Marie-France appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 18
Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
Reality and Perception Theme Icon
...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 plan had been. Molly explains that she... (full context)
Chapter 19
Technology and the Body Theme Icon
3Jane tells Molly about her mother, Marie-France, who commissioned the family’s AIs, but died before she could complete her vision: entering her... (full context)
Chapter 22
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon
Reality and Perception Theme Icon
...her Neuromancer and Wintermute are going against each other tonight. He tells her Neuromancer mentioned Marie-France. This catches 3Jane’s attention, and when Case describes the beach and the bunker, she recognizes... (full context)