Watchmen

Watchmen

by

Alan Moore

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Laurie Juspeczyk (the second Silk Spectre) Character Analysis

Laurie Juspeczyk is Sally Jupiter and Edward Blake’s daughter, though she does not know that Blake is her father until Jon Osterman reveals it to her on Mars. From a young age, Sally grooms Laurie to be a costumed hero and succeed her as the second Silk Spectre, but Laurie resents her mother for this and the two have a strained relationship. At the start of the novel, Laurie is in a relationship with Jon Osterman. Though she is unhappy, the government insists that she stays to keep Jon happy, since, as Dr. Manhattan, he is their ultimate weapon. Laurie eventually leaves Jon and starts dating Daniel Dreiberg instead. Although she does not like running around as a vigilante, she dons her costume with Daniel and acts as a vigilante again to help him regain his confidence, thus setting him on the path to pursue Adrian Veidt alongside Rorschach. During Jon’s exile on Mars, Laurie goes with him to convince him that human life has enough significance to be worth saving. Although she briefly doubts it herself—when she discovers that Blake, who once tried to rape her mother, is actually her father—she helps Jon to understand that human life is a miracle, valuable simply because it exists. After Adrian’s plan succeeds and millions of people die, Laurie realizes that having the chance to live at all is a beautiful gift, and she elects to love Daniel simply because he is there with her and they are alive. She continues living with Daniel after the story, though under an alias.

Laurie Juspeczyk (the second Silk Spectre) Quotes in Watchmen

The Watchmen quotes below are all either spoken by Laurie Juspeczyk (the second Silk Spectre) or refer to Laurie Juspeczyk (the second Silk Spectre). 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 DC Comics edition of Watchmen published in 1986.
Chapter 7: A Brother to Dragons Quotes

Looking back, it all seems so… well, childish, I guess. Just a schoolkid’s fantasy that got out of hand. That’s, y’know, with hindsight… on reflection.

Page Number: 216
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It’s this war, the feeling that it’s unavoidable. It makes me feel so powerless. So impotent.

Page Number: 231
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Chapter 9: The Darkness of Mere Being Quotes

Juspeczyk: Humanity is about to become extinct. Doesn’t that bother you? All those dead people…

Osterman: All that pain and conflict done with? All that needless suffering over at last? No… No, that doesn’t bother me. All those generations of struggle, what purpose did they ever achieve? All that effort, and what did it lead to?

Page Number: 290
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Osterman: Look at it—a volcano as large as Missouri, its summit fifteen miles high, piercing even the atmospheric blanket. Breathtaking.

Juspeczyk: Breathtaking? Jon, what about the war? You’ve got to prevent it! Everyone will die…

Osterman: And the universe will not even notice.

Page Number: 298
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Thermodynamic miracles…Events with odds against so astronomical they’re effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold. I long to observe such things. And yet in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that precise daughter…

Page Number: 306
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Chapter 12: A Stronger Loving World Quotes

Juspeczyk: Dan, all those people, they’re dead. They can’t disagree or eat Indian food, or love each other… Oh, it’s sweet. Being alive is so damn sweet.

Dreiberg: Laurie? Wh-what do you want me to do?

Juspeczyk: I want you to love me. I want you to love me because we’re not dead […] I want to see you and taste you and smell you, just because I can.

Page Number: 404
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Laurie Juspeczyk (the second Silk Spectre) Character Timeline in Watchmen

The timeline below shows where the character Laurie Juspeczyk (the second Silk Spectre) appears in Watchmen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: At Midnight, All the Agents…
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Rorschach finds Laurie Juspeczyk and Dr. Manhattan in a large military facility. Laurie is a normal middle-aged woman,... (full context)
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Back in the military station, the confrontation with Rorschach still bothers Laurie—she thinks Rorschach is “sick inside his mind.” Jon is doing something with a complicated machine.... (full context)
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Laurie and Daniel have dinner and drinks together. Laurie insists on paying for the meal, stating... (full context)
Chapter 2: Absent Friends
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While Jon attends Edward Blake’s funeral, Laurie visits her mother in a retirement home in California. Laurie and her mother, Sally Jupiter,... (full context)
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...Blake slinks away, Hooded Justice tells Sally, “For God’s sake, cover yourself.” In the present, Laurie is still disgusted by the porn comic of Sally. Sally counters that at least the... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Judge of All the Earth
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At their military facility, Jon and Laurie start to have sex. Laurie’s eyes are closed, but she realizes there are too many... (full context)
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Laurie goes to Daniel’s house. A handyman is installing a new lock on Daniel’s door. Laurie... (full context)
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On their walk through the streets, muggers with knives approach Laurie and Daniel. Laurie and Daniel beat them up. They catch their breath and laugh it... (full context)
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...an officer fixing a “quarantine” sign over his door. Jon tells the man to let Laurie and everyone else know that he’s leaving, first to Arizona, then to Mars. The officer... (full context)
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At the military facility, Laurie watches as men in protective suits take their home apart. A government agent tells her... (full context)
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...the next Nite Owl, and Hollis agrees to it, passing on the identity and costume. Laurie, who is just coming of age, sounds as if she will take up the hero... (full context)
Chapter 4: Watchmaker
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...thinks he should’ve stopped it, but he claims he’s unable. In 1966, Jon sees 16-year-old Laurie for the first time when Captain Metropolis tries to form the Crimebusters. Janey notices him... (full context)
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...third term. Ozymandias retires and reveals himself as the business magnate Adrian Veidt. Jon and Laurie meet with him and marvel at his genetically altered giant pet lynx, Bubastis. Veidt explains... (full context)
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...for the government. Rorschach refuses to quit, but everyone else retires. In 1981, Jon and Laurie move into their new home in the Rockefeller Military Facility in New York City. The... (full context)
Chapter 5: Fearful Symmetry
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Laurie meets with Daniel at a café. Now that Jon is gone and she can’t live... (full context)
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...makes note of every small crime, like vandalism, and every suspicious thing he sees, like Laurie and Daniel Dreiberg leaving a café together, and makes mental notes to investigate them later.... (full context)
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...his meeting with Moloch, Rorschach finds a rapist and mugger to hunt. In Daniel’s house, Laurie moves in and settles in a spare room. Daniel looks longingly at her before wishing... (full context)
Chapter 7: A Brother to Dragons
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Laurie explores Daniel’s basement and finds the airship he flew as Nite Owl; its interior lights... (full context)
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...vigilante equipment in Dan’s basement together. He thinks it all seems like childhood “fantasy” now. Laurie thinks that she wasn’t even living out her own fantasy, just her mother’s. They climb... (full context)
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Laurie states she ought to stop smoking, since it nearly killed her, but it’s hard to... (full context)
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Dan and Laurie keep looking through his old stuff, since she seems interested and eager. He shows her... (full context)
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...Rorschach’s arrest—his landlady claims that he often sexually propositioned her—and the Soviet incursion into Pakistan. Laurie wishes she could just run away like Jon did. Dan takes his glasses off to... (full context)
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Dan dreams that he and Laurie stand naked outside, kissing each other, while a nuclear explosion lights up behind them and... (full context)
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Laurie tells Dan they should go out tonight and be heroes again. They both get dressed... (full context)
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After they leave the survivors safely on the ground, Dan and Laurie fly back into the clouds, laughing about what they’ve just done. They start kissing and... (full context)
Chapter 8: Old Ghosts
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...that he saw Nite Owl and Silk Spectre on the news together, so Daniel and Laurie must be together now. Sally and Hollis reminisce about the old days for a while,... (full context)
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In Dan’s basement, Laurie frets about actually breaking Rorschach out of jail; she thinks it’s an insane idea. Dan... (full context)
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At Dan’s house, one of the detectives who arrested Rorschach visits while Laurie is taking a shower. He introduces himself as Steven Fine and chats with Dan, insinuating... (full context)
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...of creature being refrigerated and hauled away on a ship. In Dan’s basement, he and Laurie climb aboard Archie, dressed in their costumes. (full context)
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Dan and Laurie fly their airship over the prison and see that a riot has started below. Laurie... (full context)
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Laurie, Daniel, and Rorschach return to Daniel’s house. Laurie seems rattled. She goes into the living... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Darkness of Mere Being
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A globe-shaped perfume bottle falls through the air. Laurie and Jon teleport from Daniel’s living room to a hillside on Mars. Laurie can’t breathe... (full context)
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Jon claims to know how the conversation ends. His non-linear perception of time aggravates Laurie, but she follows him inside the castle. He tells her they are all “puppets,” but... (full context)
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Jon tells Laurie that she was his “only connection” to Earth, so when she left him, he left... (full context)
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Laurie recalls being 13 years old and seeing Sally with a gathering of first-generation vigilantes. Laurie... (full context)
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As they look at Mars’s vast and dramatic landscape, Jon asks Laurie if she thinks it would look better with an oil pipeline running through it. Jon... (full context)
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Laurie asks Jon if human pain and experience mean more to him than rocks in the... (full context)
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Laurie recalls a banquet in 1973 with various heads of state. Everyone shakes Edward Blake’s hand.... (full context)
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Laurie wants Jon to send her back to Earth to die with everyone else. She notes... (full context)
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Laurie cries that her life is nothing more than a stupid “joke.” Jon tells that he... (full context)
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...interview transcript reveals that Sally doesn’t hold hard feelings against Blake, and that she believes Laurie will someday thank her for pushing her into the hero life. (full context)
Chapter 12: A Stronger Loving World
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...tentacles rope through streets and buildings, connected to a huge, dead, squid-like monster. Jon and Laurie teleport into the middle of the carnage and see all of the corpses. Jon theorizes... (full context)
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...visions of an alien world. On one of his screens, Veidt sees that Jon and Laurie have arrived. (full context)
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...cat. Hiding behind a wall, Veidt activates the machine and disintegrates both Jon and Bubastis. Laurie appears and shoots a handgun at Veidt, but he leaps backward and catches the bullet... (full context)
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...announces that he fulfilled Rameses’s ambitions and will move on to helping human society rebuild. Laurie says they must bring him to justice, but Veidt explains that if they reveal his... (full context)
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Daniel and Laurie walk to a quiet, luxurious indoor pool in Veidt’s fortress. Laurie feels confused after what... (full context)
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Jon walks back into the fortress, past Laurie and Dan sleeping naked together by the pool, and up to where Adrian sits, meditating.... (full context)
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At Christmas, Dan and Laurie visit Sally in California. They’ve both changed their appearances and taken the aliases Sam and... (full context)