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Freeside Term Analysis

An enormous space colony in orbit above earth. Home to, among other institutions, the Villa Straylight and the Tessier-Ashpool family.

Freeside Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by Freeside or refer to Freeside. 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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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.

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case, Molly, Armitage / Corto, Riviera, Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool
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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Freeside Term Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the term Freeside appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...Finn. The Finn discovered Tessier-Ashpool S.A. was technically a law firm, which owned all of Freeside—an enormous settlement in orbit around earth. Although it’s a corporation, it’s also a family organization,... (full context)
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Case returns to the loft, passing a holographic advertisement for Freeside, with a T-A logo in the bottom corner. As he walks, he considers Dixie, remembering... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Back at the Hilton, Armitage instructs Case to pack for Freeside. Case examines Armitage’s face for hints of Corto, but finds nothing; Armitage is totally blank. (full context)
Chapter 8
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...a rush of adrenaline) before managing to fall asleep. Case assumes their next transfer is Freeside, but their first stop is the Zion cluster. Zion was founded by workers who decided... (full context)
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...Case and Molly to acclimate to zero gravity, and for him to brief them on Freeside and the Villa Straylight. Case practices jacking into his deck in zero gravity. He notes... (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 is in the middle,... (full context)
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Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
...The have decided to send Maelcum as a pilot to transport Case and Molly to Freeside, but will also send Aerol to watch over them. Case wonders if they work for... (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 Case if he’s heard... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Molly and Case easily pass though customs into Freeside. Freeside is a giant tube, and sunlight shines from the center, an illusion of the... (full context)
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Molly covers Case in bronzer to help him blend in with other tanned Freeside tourists. It doesn’t look real, but she explains, “it looks like you care enough to... (full context)
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...for the day is to work out in the low gravity at one end of Freeside, while Case is going to buy a vacuum-sealed space suit and return to Maelcum’s ship. (full context)
Chapter 11
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon 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 is “outside [Case’s] profile.” (full context)
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...something, too. Case leaves the club and gets Cath and Bruce to drop him in Freeside’s bar district. (full context)
Chapter 15
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...wooden door. She picks the lock. Case realizes Wintermute has been manipulating so much around Freeside—drones, door locks, tv screens, but analog technology requires a “human agent.” (full context)
Chapter 18
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...Maelcum navigates the Garvey, which is still attached to the Haniwa, to the spindle of Freeside and Villa Straylight. He hooks the ships to a port, and they are suddenly overtaken... (full context)