Neuromancer

Neuromancer

by

William Gibson

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A bodyguard, razorgirl, and hit man for hire, Molly works for Armitage. She has extensively surgically modified her body. She has razorblades that extend from her nails, a rewired predator’s nervous system, and lens implants in front of her eyes, which allow her to see in the dark and provide her with real-time information about her surroundings. Molly often explains that she’s only motivated by money and by protecting herself. She feels professional pride, but feels little affection or loyalty to her employers. Molly and Case become sexually involved early in their business relationship. However, she remains emotionally distant—midway through the novel Case realizes he knows almost nothing about her, and she only ever reveals two memories from her past—one about how she worked as a human sex doll to pay for her body modifications, and the other about how her ex-boyfriend, Johnny, was killed by a hit man not unlike the clone Hideo. Molly and Case collaborate on several missions for Armitage and Wintermute (Armitage’s AI employer). Case provides the technological back end of a mission, whereas Molly provides the muscle, going into physical locations as Case breaks through their digital defenses. The two remain connected via Molly’s simstim, which allows Case to see the world through her eyes even as he hangs back in a safe location. A lone wolf at heart, the novel ends with a note from Molly, announcing that Case is slowing her down and she has to leave him.

Molly Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by Molly or refer to Molly. 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 2 Quotes

“Our profile says you’re trying to con the street into killing you when you’re not looking.”

“Profile?”

“We’ve built up a detailed model. Bought a go-to for each of your aliases and ran the skim through some military software. You’re suicidal, Case. The model gives you a month on the outside. And our medical projection says you’ll need a new pancreas inside a year.”

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), Molly (speaker), Armitage / Corto, Wintermute, Riviera
Page Number: 28
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Chapter 3 Quotes

“So what’s he got on you? How’s he got the working girl kinked?” “Professional pride, baby, that’s all.”

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), Molly (speaker), Armitage / Corto
Page Number: 47
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Chapter 4 Quotes

This was it. This was what he was, who he was, his being. He forgot to eat. Molly left cartons of rice and foam trays of sushi on the corner of the long table. Sometimes he resented having to leave the deck to use the chemical toilet they’d set up in a corner of the loft. Ice patterns formed and reformed on the screen as he probed for gaps, skirted the most obvious traps, and mapped the route he’d take through Sense/Net’s ice. It was good ice. Wonderful ice. Its patterns burned there while he lay with his arm under Molly’s shoulders, watching the red dawn through the steel grid of the skylight. Its rainbow pixel maze was the first thing he saw when he woke. He’d go straight to the deck, not bothering to dress, and jack in. He was cutting it. He was working. He lost track of days.

And sometimes, falling asleep, particularly when Molly was off on one of her reconnaissance trips with her rented cadre of Moderns, images of Chiba came flooding back. Faces and Ninsei neon. Once he woke from a confused dream of Linda Lee, unable to recall who she was or what she’d ever meant to him. When he did remember, he jacked in and worked for nine straight hours.

The cutting of Sense/Net’s ice took a total of nine days.

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case, Linda Lee, Molly
Page Number: 59
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The Panther Moderns allowed four minutes for their first move to take effect, then injected a second carefully prepared dose of misinformation. This time, they shot it directly into the Sense/Net building’s internal video system.

At 12:04:03, every screen in the building strobed for eighteen seconds in a frequency that produced seizures in a susceptible segment of Sense/Net employees. Then something only vaguely like a human face filled the screens, its features stretched across asymmetrical expanses of bone like some obscene Mercator projection. Blue lips parted wetly as the twisted, elongated jaw moved. Something, perhaps a hand, a thing like a reddish clump of gnarled roots, fumbled toward the camera, blurred, and vanished. Subliminally rapid images of contamination: graphics of the building’s water supply system, gloved hands manipulating laboratory glassware, something tumbling down into darkness, a pale splash….The audio track, its pitch adjusted to run at just less than twice the standard playback speed, was part of a month-old newscast detailing potential military uses of a substance known as HsG, a biochemical governing the human skeletal growth factor. Overdoses of HsG threw certain bone cells into overdrive, accelerating growth by factors as high as one thousand percent.

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case, Molly, Armitage / Corto
Page Number: 62
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Chapter 5 Quotes

He coughed. “Dix? McCoy? That you man?” His throat was tight.

“Hey, bro,” said a directionless voice.

“It’s Case, man. Remember?”

“Miami, joeboy, quick study.”

“What’s the last thing you remember before I spoke to you, Dix?”

“Nothin’.”

“Hang on.”

He disconnected the construct. The presence was gone. He reconnected it. “Dix? Who am I?”

“You got me hung, Jack. Who the fuck are you?”

“Ca—your buddy. Partner. What’s happening, man?”

“Good question.”

“Remember being here, a second ago?”

“No.”

“Know how a ROM personality matrix works?”

“Sure, bro, it’s a firmware construct.”

“So I jack it into the bank I’m using, I can give it sequential, real time memory?”

“Guess so,” said the construct.

“Okay, Dix. You are a ROM construct. Got me?”

“If you say so,” said the construct. “Who are you?”

“Case.”

“Miami,” said the voice, “joeboy, quick study.”

“Right. And for starts, Dix, you and me, we’re gonna sleaze over to London grid and access a little data. You game for that?”

“You gonna tell me I got a choice, boy?”

Page Number: 78
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Thing is,” he said, “do you think he knows he was Corto, before? I mean, he wasn’t anybody in particular, by the time he hit the ward, so maybe Wintermute just...”

“Yeah. Built him up from go. Yeah...” She turned and they walked on. “It figures. You know, the guy doesn’t have any life going, in private. Not as far as I can tell. You see a guy like that, you figure there’s something he does when he’s alone. But not Armitage. Sits and stares at the wall, man. Then something clicks and he goes into high gear and wheels for Wintermute.”

“So why’s he got that stash in London? Nostalgia?”

“Maybe he doesn’t know about it,” she said. “Maybe it’s just in his name, right?”

“I don’t get it,” Case said.

“Just thinking out loud….How smart’s an AI, Case?”

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), Molly (speaker), Armitage / Corto, Wintermute
Page Number: 95
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Chapter 8 Quotes

As they worked, Case gradually became aware of the music that pulsed constantly through the cluster. It was called dub, a sensuous mosaic cooked from vast libraries of digitalized pop; it was worship, Molly said, and a sense of community. Case heaved at one of the yellow sheets; the thing was light but still awkward. Zion smelled of cooked vegetables, humanity, and ganja.

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case, Molly
Page Number: 104
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Case didn’t understand the Zionites.

Aerol, with no particular provocation, related the tale of the baby who had burst from his forehead and scampered into a forest of hydroponic ganja. “Ver’ small baby, mon, no long’ you finga.” He rubbed his palm across an unscarred expanse of brown forehead and smiled.

“It’s the ganja,” Molly said, when Case told her the story. “They don’t make much of a difference between states, you know? Aerol tells you it happened, well, it happened to him. It’s not like bullshit, more like poetry. Get it?”

Case nodded dubiously.

Related Characters: Molly (speaker), Aerol (speaker), Henry Dorsett Case
Page Number: 106
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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 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
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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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Chapter 23 Quotes

He came in steep, fueled by self-loathing. When the Kuang program met the first of the defenders, scattering the leaves of light, he felt the shark thing lose a degree of substantiality, the fabric of information loosening.

And then—old alchemy of the brain and its vast pharmacy—his hate flowed into his hands. In the instant before he drove Kuang’s sting through the base of the first tower, he attained a level of proficiency exceeding anything he’d known or imagined. Beyond ego, beyond personality, beyond awareness, he moved, Kuang moving with him, evading his attackers with an ancient dance, Hideo’s dance, grace of the mind-body interface granted him, in that second, by the clarity and singleness of his wish to die.

And one step in that dance was the lightest touch on the switch, barely enough to flip—

now

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case, Molly, Wintermute
Page Number: 262
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Chapter 24 Quotes

HEY ITS OKAY BUT ITS TAKING THE EDGE OFF MY GAME, I PAID THE BILL ALREADY. ITS THE WAY IM WIRED I GUESS, WATCH YOUR ASS OKAY? XXX MOLLY

Related Characters: Molly (speaker), Henry Dorsett Case, Johnny
Related Symbols: Shuriken
Page Number: 267
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Molly Character Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the character Molly appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...he walks, Case suddenly realizes he’s being followed. He catches his stalker in a window—it’s Molly. Spooked, Case tries to rent a gun, but unwilling to wait the two hours it... (full context)
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...wonders if Ratz has heard anything about a fight in the arcade—Ratz heard a girl, Molly, cut up a security guard. Wage enters the Chat with two men. Although Wage is... (full context)
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Case approaches his coffin, noticing the broken lock. He crawls inside and is startled by Molly, dressed in all black, wearing mirrored glasses, and pointing a fletcher at him. She explains... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Molly has taken Case to a room in the Chiba Hilton Hotel. She suggests he drink... (full context)
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The next day, Sunday, Molly takes Case to a clinic in Chiba. He has decided to work with Armitage in... (full context)
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Molly has worked for Armitage for a few months, but when Case presses her for information,... (full context)
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Case wakes up on Wednesday, three days later. His neck and spine hurt. Molly is lying beside him in a coffin in Cheap Hotel. Seeing that he’s awake, she... (full context)
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Case wonders why Molly isn’t with Armitage, back in the Hilton, and she straddles him in response. They begin... (full context)
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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 that... (full context)
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...and pays off the last of his debt with money gifted from Armitage. Case takes Molly to the Chat, and when he takes out an octagon of dex, she informs him... (full context)
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Molly wants to go see a fight, and drags Case with her to an arena by... (full context)
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...Reflexively, he runs after her. A boy trips him and tries to stab him, but Molly appears, shooting the boy with her fletcher. Case gets up and begins to walk under... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Molly, Case, and Armitage fly to the Sprawl, Case’s home, via Amsterdam and Paris. Case wakes... (full context)
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Case and Molly go outside to sit in the sun. Case asks if she knew about the toxin... (full context)
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After breakfast, Molly takes Case through a series of bars and clubs on the East Side of Manhattan,... (full context)
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Molly dismisses the Finn but stays in the room with Case. She tells him she’s had... (full context)
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Case wonders again what Molly has “dissolving inside” of her. Molly explains that she’s loyal, and doesn’t need to be... (full context)
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Molly explains she hasn’t been able to find out much about Armitage. No one with his... (full context)
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...he lets them in. It’s the Finn, who introduces himself as though they’ve never met. Molly told him this would happen, and so Case plays along. The Finn explains he’s doing... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...then flips a new simstim switch, which jolts him into “other flesh.” He’s inside of Molly’s head, seeing, hearing, and feeling what she does. At first, Case struggles to control her... (full context)
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Case switches between cyberspace and Molly’s sensorium. He realizes how little he knows about her—only what she’s like when they’re having... (full context)
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Molly reaches a software shopping district. Most of the clients are young with a carbon socket... (full context)
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Although Case has hacked the Sense/Net ice, Molly must go in and grab the physical disk housing Dixie’s construct. They’re working with the... (full context)
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Case watches Molly’s simstim. She takes an elevator to the basement, where she stuns a security guard and... (full context)
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...the library’s memory of the theft, and writes in a falsified removal months earlier. Meanwhile, Molly changes into a mimetic polycarbon suit. Case switches between Molly his program, and back, and... (full context)
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Case flips himself back to Molly’s simstim. She places three endorphin dermadisks on her wrist, the chemicals helping her power through... (full context)
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Molly limps back to the elevator, and takes it up to the lobby. Through her eyes,... (full context)
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Jittery, Case leaves the loft. Molly is in surgery, and he’s alone. He thinks about his toxin sacs, which don’t seem... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Case meets Molly as she emerges from a back alley hospital in Baltimore. He delivers Yonderboy’s message, which... (full context)
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The Finn tells Molly Wintermute is an artificial intelligence. Based in Berne, it has Swiss citizenship. Wintermute is running... (full context)
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The Finn tells Molly and Case a story about the Tessier-Ashpool family. Finn’s colleague, Smith, a fence who came... (full context)
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...family seems to be made up of clones that rotate in and out of commission. Molly gives Case a paper with coordinates and entry codes for a database of Armitage’s. She... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Back in the loft, Armitage calls and announces they’re going to Istanbul. Molly’s leg still hurts, but she has no choice but to take off. (full context)
Chapter 7
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Molly and Case arrive in Istanbul. They fly separately from Armitage, whose identity Case has not... (full context)
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Riviera is in the bazar to buy his favorite drug cocktail. Molly is watching from a rooftop, and Case, Terzibashjian, and the Finn make their way through... (full context)
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The Finn and a hired hand transport Riviera to the hotel where Case and Molly are staying. Terzibashjian takes off, but only after Molly chastises him for getting in her... (full context)
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Molly and Case drive to a museum, walk around, and talk. Case begins to tell her... (full context)
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Molly and Case approach a pond. Molly kicks a rock into it and says that Wintermute... (full context)
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Case tries to change the subject and asks Molly about Riviera. She’s read his profile and hates him. He’s a sadist—a “compulsive Judas,” who... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Case, Riviera, Molly, and Armitage fly into space. Riviera creates illusions as they fly—including a giant sperm in... (full context)
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Case arrives in Zion and struggles with SAS as Molly and a Zionate, Aerol, set up a temporary home and workstation inside a long hallway.... (full context)
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Armitage and his crew stay in Zion for eighty hours, enough time for Case and Molly to acclimate to zero gravity, and for him to brief them on Freeside and the... (full context)
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...baby who had burst from his forehead and scampered into a forest of hydroponic ganja.” Molly explains it’s the drugs Aerol has consumed and, although he’s hallucinating, Zionites “don’t make much... (full context)
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Armitage briefs Case, Molly, and Riviera on Freeside. Freeside is the shape of a “cigar,” most of the infrastructure... (full context)
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As Case and Molly sleep the next night, a Zionite named Maelcum wakes them, and invites them to meet... (full context)
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...of Zion still survive, and they are old and frail now. They tell Case and Molly that they monitor many frequencies, and they heard the voice of Wintermute (whom they call... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Maelcum transports Case and Molly from Zion to Freeside on his ship, the Marcus Garvey. As they fly, Molly asks... (full context)
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Case wakes up, back on the Garvey. He can hear Maelcum and Molly talking above him. Molly is unconcerned, but Maelcum notes Case’s EEG was flat for forty... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Molly and Case easily pass though customs into Freeside. Freeside is a giant tube, and sunlight... (full context)
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Molly and Case check into the Intercontinental hotel. From his balcony, Case watches three French teenagers... (full context)
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Molly covers Case in bronzer to help him blend in with other tanned Freeside tourists. It... (full context)
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Riviera and Armitage arrive. Riviera asks Molly for more “medicine,” which she threatens to withhold. Armitage tells her she must give it... (full context)
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...his modified liver and pancreas, it works. Case returns to his hotel room extremely high. Molly chastises him, and warns him that if the drug can get past his modifications, the... (full context)
Chapter 11
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At dinner that evening with Armitage and Molly, Case has the worst hangover of his life—his hands are shaking, and his brain is... (full context)
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...by limb—arms, feet, legs, all disconnected. When a torso appears, Case realizes Riviera has created Molly’s body, and then her face, complete with mirror eyes. Riviera moves to the bed, and... (full context)
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Case asks Armitage where Molly has gone, but Armitage doesn’t answer. Case asks why Riviera did that to her, but... (full context)
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...notices the Dixie’s “carefully engineered accent [is] lost entirely.” He asks the Dixie to find Molly for him. Dixie announces she’d registered at the hotel under the name Rose Kolodny but... (full context)
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...Lonny Zone’s image appears and begins to talk, warning him that having Dixie search for Molly is “Ringing bells all over Freeside.” Zone/Wintermute admits he’s surprised, since his kind of behavior... (full context)
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Case sits on the bed before looking for Molly. He is experiencing a new emotion: rage. Case finds Bruce and Cath and pressures them... (full context)
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Case places his chip against Molly’s door, and it miraculously opens. Unsure who has come to see her, Molly attacks Case,... (full context)
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Molly explains to Case that Riviera’s performance disturbed her because it reminded her of when she... (full context)
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As Molly got more modifications, they began to interfere with her cut-out chip, and memories from her... (full context)
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Molly finishes her story, explaining Riviera hit a nerve. She thinks Wintermute somehow set up his... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Cath finds Case in the bar. She mentions Molly, and how she “walks like Hideo.” Case asks about Hideo, and Cath explains that he’s... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...the nature of his target. Case insists he knew nothing—that Armitage was the brains, and Molly (whom they refer to by her alias, Kolodny) was “Just muscle, a razorgirl.” (full context)
Chapter 14
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...in the virus and jacks back in, watching it unfold around him. He then activates Molly’s simstim. She’s in Straylight, in free falling through some central tunnel. (full context)
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Case switches to Molly’s simstim but finds himself crashing through the Finn’s metal table. The Finn greets him, and... (full context)
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...the Tessier-Ashpool family. The Finn/Wintermute explains that the head is a “ceremonial terminal,” and that Molly needs to speak the “right word at the right time,” when the virus has made... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...the matrix, Dixie tells Case he was brain-dead for five seconds. Unconcerned, Case switches to Molly’s simstim. Wintermute has accessed the digital display in her glasses, and displays Case’s name, letting... (full context)
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Johnny was Molly’s boyfriend; he worked as a “stash,” hiding data inside of his mind for a fee.... (full context)
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Molly has made her way through the inside of the Villa Straylight, arriving at an old... (full context)
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Now in the small closet-like room, Wintermute gives Molly instructions in her visual display—directing her to a drawer in a cabinet in which a... (full context)
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...as “it.” Case jacks out for a moment, assuring Maelcum he’s fine, before jacking into Molly’s simstim. He watches her ignore Wintermute’s instructions, and take the wrong fork in a hallway. (full context)
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Molly hears a voice, and approaches, accidentally stepping into a neural disruptor’s field, which causes her... (full context)
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...clone who is legally his daughter) to have sex with. As he explains this to Molly, he falls asleep. (full context)
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Molly takes her gun back, exploring the room. She discovers Ashpool killed the Jane in his... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...He then disconnects. Case tells Dixie to look General Girling up. He then flips to Molly’s simstim. (full context)
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Molly waits in the steel ceiling beams above a large hanger, waiting for a guide. A... (full context)
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A message flashes in the corner of Molly’s vision for Case from Dixie. He explains General Girling trained Corto for Screaming Fist, and... (full context)
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...Case considers it—but he also thinks about the toxin sacs in his blood, and about Molly. He tells Maelcum that he can’t leave Molly behind. Maelcum wonders if they’re together romantically,... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Through the simstim, Case watches Molly work her way through Straylight. He considers different types of insanity—he understands Armitage/Corto, a man... (full context)
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...constructs like him, who act predictable, but struggles to predict human’s inherently unpredictable behavior, like Molly running into Ashpool. (full context)
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Case flips to Molly’s simstim, watching her walk though Straylight. Case can feel the pain in her once broken... (full context)
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Ahead of Molly are a series of holograms. The first is a cluster of caricatures—Molly, Armitage, and Case.... (full context)
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Molly continues down the hallway, passing more holograms—scenes of torture, monsters, and finally a little diorama... (full context)
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Molly continues to walk. She approaches a gash in the wall of the tunnel: the entrance... (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... (full context)
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Riviera appears and restrains Molly, who is already debilitated by the pain in her leg. He searches her pockets and... (full context)
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...stands over him, looking concerned. He tells Case he screamed a few minutes ago (when Molly collapsed). The Finn/Wintermute appears on a little monitor and tells Case they have a problem.... (full context)
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...Maelcum will find 3Jane, get the word, kill Riviera, and get the physical key from Molly. Case can check on the virus’s progress by jacking into ports in Straylight. (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,... (full context)
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3Jane points out that Molly killed her father, which she knows because she watched it on a monitor. Molly explains... (full context)
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Riviera returns from some corner where he was shooting up. He tells Molly that Wintermute underestimated him, and that he is no longer participating in the mission, and... (full context)
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...to Straylight’s custodial system, and let the virus take hold that way. Case returns to Molly’s simstim. Molly is unconscious, but still sends stimulus back to Case. 3Jane is upset that... (full context)
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Case flips to Molly’s simstim. 3Jane is bandaging her head and broken eye. 3Jane tells Molly that although Riviera... (full context)
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3Jane tells Molly about her mother, Marie-France, who commissioned the family’s AIs, but died before she could complete... (full context)
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...This Linda has Linda’s real memories. She tells him about visiting his coffin and meeting Molly. She apologizes for stealing his RAM. She explains her last memory was in Chiba, and... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...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 can also throw holograms, and Hideo is an... (full context)
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...in the arm; he falls to the ground. Riviera steps out of the shadows, holding Molly’s fletcher. He’s surprised to see Case, having expected Armitage to come instead. (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... (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. Case... (full context)
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Case, Maelcum, Molly, and 3Jane make their way towards the core of Villa Straylight. Maelcum carries Molly, and... (full context)
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Case flips into Molly’s simstim; Molly is choking 3Jane to get her to say the code. Case jacks out.... (full context)
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Case wakes up in a suite in the Hyatt. Molly is gone. He finds her note, stuck to the wall with his shuriken; she tells... (full context)
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...he never even used the weapon. He considers how he never knew the color of Molly’s eyes; she never showed him. (full context)
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...the platinum head, explaining they erased the Turing records and all records of the crimes Molly, Case, and their team had committed. Money was deposited in bank accounts for both Case... (full context)