Neuromancer

Neuromancer

by

William Gibson

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A rentable hotel room just nine feet long and four-and-a-half feet tall. Case spends his nights in Chiba sleeping in a rented coffin, and uses another for storage.

Coffin Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by Coffin or refer to Coffin. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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 1 Quotes

A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he’d taken and the corners he’d cut in Night City, and still he’d see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void….The Sprawl was a long strange way home over the Pacific now, and he was no console man, no cyberspace cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo, and he’d cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, his hands clawed into the bedslab, temperfoam bunched between his fingers, trying to reach the console that wasn’t there.

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case, Armitage / Corto
Page Number: 4-5
Explanation and Analysis:
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Coffin Term Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the term Coffin appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
...out the cobra and rent a gun, which is now available. Case then visits a coffin he’s rented for the past year in Cheap Hotel. He doesn’t sleep there, but uses... (full context)
Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
Addiction and Dependency Theme Icon
Returning to his coffin in Cheap Hotel, Case realizes Linda Lee stole the RAM in his Hitachi, important files... (full context)
Technology and the Body Theme Icon
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon
Case approaches his coffin, noticing the broken lock. He crawls inside and is startled by Molly, dressed in all... (full context)
Chapter 2
Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
Addiction and Dependency Theme Icon
...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 passes him water. He sits up groggily,... (full context)
Chapter 20
Technology and the Body Theme Icon
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon
...talk and eat. 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... (full context)