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Sense/Net Term Analysis

A huge corporation whose holdings include the construct of Dixie Flatline.

Sense/Net Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by Sense/Net or refer to Sense/Net. 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 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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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?”


“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?”


“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?”


“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?”

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), McCoy “Dixie” “Flatline” Pauley (speaker), Molly, Armitage / Corto
Page Number: 78
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Sense/Net Term Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the term Sense/Net appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon list; their next mission is stealing a construct of Dixie Flatline from the company Sense/Net to help their with their next mission. Although she’s working for Armitage, Molly doesn’t fully... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Over the next several days, Case is sucked into studying the data company Sense/Net’s ice, or digital defense system. He forgets to eat, loses track of time, and resents... (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... (full context)
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...Christian fundamentalists who have introduced Blue Nine, a psychoactive agent, into the ventilation of the Sense/Net building. (full context)
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...the doors open for her return. Meanwhile, the Panther Moderns plays a seizure-inducing strobe on Sense/Net’s internal video system, as well as a video of a disturbing distorted face and then... (full context)
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Case activates his second program, which attacks the Sense/Net research library. It deactivates several alarms and locks, erases the library’s memory of the theft,... (full context)
Reality and Perception Theme Icon the lobby. Through her eyes, Case sees panic like he’s never seen before: the Sense/Net employees try to escape as the police barricade them inside, the police convinced the employees... (full context)
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...Panther Modern leader, Lupus Yonderboy, introduces himself. Armitage chastises him for letting the situation at Sense/Net “get out of control,” but the Modern brushes off the criticism. He calls Armitage “Mr.... (full context)
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...toxin sacs, which don’t seem real. He thinks of the chaos and pain of the Sense/Net lobby, which doesn’t seem real either. Yonderboy, whose mimetic suit blends into the wall behind... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...explains they have tracked Case across the world and into space. They know about the Sense/Net riot, and so can either charge him in Switzerland, as a pawn in “the trial... (full context)