We

by

Yevgeny Zamyatin

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D-503 Character Analysis

D-503 is the narrator and protagonist of We, which is the resultant compilation of his carefully composed records, or journal entries. He is a mathematician and rocket engineer, and the lead designer of a rocket called the Integral. In the beginning of We, D-503 is obedient to the One State’s authoritarian rule. He espouses the rationality, predictability, and “settledness” the One State enforces, and he is happy to be part of a system that values the needs of the collective over the desires and needs of individuals. He is content in his relationship with O-90, a female cipher the State has assigned to him as a sexual partner. Once he meets I-330, however, his structured, settled life begins to unravel as he becomes increasingly infatuated with and unsettled by her shameless disobedience to the One State and begins to torturously question his own subservience to the government. After D-503 and I-330 are intimate, D-503 becomes “sick,” gaining a greater perspective on his unique, internal life and suffering from imaginative thoughts and repressed desires. He starts to conceive of himself as two people: his “real,” subservient self, and this new, “other” self that wants to rebel, love, and be an individual. As I-330’s influence on D-503 grows, his writing relies more heavily on metaphor and other figurative language, and it becomes harder for him to tell the difference between dreams and reality. Ultimately, D-503’s confused state reflects his ambivalence toward the One State. On the one hand, he trusts in the superiority of logic, rationality, and subservience; however, his so-called “hairy paws” serve as a constant reminder of the “barbaric,” pre-One State blood that pulses through his veins, and his alliance with I-330 repeatedly shows how capable and willing he is to break free of the One State’s rules and act on his natural, animalistic impulses. At the end of We, D-503 is forced to undergo the Operation, abolishing his capacity for imaginative thought and free will, and prompting him to turn in I-330 and MEPHI to the Guardians. Thematically, D-503’s fate suggests that human urges are impossible to suppress fully; they cannot be prohibited out of existence and must be removed by force.

D-503 Quotes in We

The We quotes below are all either spoken by D-503 or refer to D-503. 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 Modern Library edition of We published in 2006.
Record 2 Quotes

On days like these, you can see to the very blue depths of things, to their unknown surfaces, those marvelous expressions of mathematical equality—which exist in even the most usual and everyday objects.

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330
Related Symbols: Colors
Page Number: 5
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And I don’t know—perhaps it was somewhere in her eyes or eyebrows—there was a kind of strange and irritating X to her, and I couldn’t pin it down, couldn’t give it a numerical expression

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330, O-90
Related Symbols: The Variable X
Page Number: 8
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Record 4 Quotes

With particular pleasure, I listened to our contemporary music […]. Crystal chromatic degrees converging and diverging in infinite sequences and the summarizing chords of Taylor and Maclaurin formulae with a gait like Pythagorean pant-legs, so whole-toned and quadrilateral-heavy […]. What magnificence! What unwavering predictability! And how pitiful that whimsical music of the Ancients, delimited by nothing except wild fantasy.

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330
Page Number: 19
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Record 5 Quotes

…Strange: I was writing today about the highest of heights in human history and all the while breathing the cleanest mountain air of thought, but, meanwhile, there were clouds and cobwebs and a cross, some kind of four-pawed X, inside me. Maybe it was my own paws, since they were in front of me on the table all this time—my shaggy paws. I don’t like talking about them and I don’t like them: they are evidence of the savage epoch. Could there actually be, within me—

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker)
Page Number: 22
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Record 7 Quotes

Freedom and crime are so indissolubly connected to each other, like…well, like the movement of the aero and its velocity. When the velocity of the aero = 0, it doesn’t move; when the freedom of a person = 0, he doesn’t commit crime.

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker)
Page Number: 33
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Yes: I never went to the Guardians, no. But it’s not my fault that I’m sick.

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330, The Skinny Doctor
Page Number: 35
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Record 8 Quotes

“Oh come on—knowledge! This knowledge of yours is utter cowardice. Yes, that’s it—really. You just want to build a little wall around infinity—and you’re afraid to look behind it! Peek over it and you’ll have to squeeze your eyes shut—ha!”

Related Characters: R-13 (speaker), D-503, I-330, O-90
Page Number: 37
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Record 9 Quotes

[The Ancients], however, worshipped their absurd, unknown God whereas we worship a non-absurd one—one with a very precise visual appearance. Their God didn’t give them anything except an eternal, torturous journey; their God didn’t think up anything more clever than that. And there’s no apparent reason why it sacrificed itself. We, on the other hand, make sacrifices to our God, the One State—calm, carefully considered, reasonable sacrifices.

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker)
Page Number: 41
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Record 10 Quotes

There were two of me. One me was the former, D-503, cipher D-503, but the other one…Before, he only just managed to stick his shaggy paws out of my shell, but now he has crawled out whole, the shell is cracked open, now shattered into pieces and…and what next?

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330
Related Symbols: D-503’s Hairy Paws
Page Number: 50
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Record 13 Quotes

“I hate the fog. I am afraid of fog.”

“That means you love it. You’re afraid of it—because it is stronger than you. You hate it—because you are afraid of it. You love it—because you can’t conquer it yourself. You see, you can only love the unconquerable.”

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330 (speaker)
Page Number: 64
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Record 18 Quotes

Through the fog, I see: long glass tables; sphere-heads are chewing in time, slowly and silently. From a distance, through the fog, a metronome is tapping, and under the regular caress of this music, I count to fifty, mechanically, together with everyone: the fifty mandatory masticatory motions to each bite. I go downstairs, mechanically, on the beat, and I write my name down in the exit book, as everyone does. But I feel: I live separately from everyone else, alone, fenced in by a soft, sound-muffling wall, and behind this wall is my world…

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330
Page Number: 91
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Record 21 Quotes

Didn’t I populate these pages with all of you? Not long ago they were just four-cornered, white deserts. Without me, would you have ever been seen by all those that I am leading through the narrow footpaths of these written lines?

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), Old Woman
Related Symbols: Colors
Page Number: 105
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Record 22 Quotes

What if today’s essentially irrelevant occurrence—what if all this is only the beginning , only the first meteorite in a whole series of rumbling, burning rocks, spilling through infinity toward our glass paradise?

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330
Page Number: 113
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Record 23 Quotes

With a ridiculous, muddled flood of words, I attempt to tell her that I am a crystal and that there is a door inside me and that I feel like a happy chair. But such nonsense comes out that I stop.

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330
Page Number: 115
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Record 25 Quotes

What will tomorrow bring? What will I turn into tomorrow?

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), The Benefactor
Page Number: 129
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Record 27 Quotes

The sun…it wasn’t our sun, evenly distributed along the mirrored surfaces of the streets: it was live splinters and incessantly jumping dots, blinding your eyes and spinning your head. And the trees were like candles jutting right up into the sky; like spiders on gnarled paws squatting on the earth; like mute, green fountains…And everything is crawling, stirring, rustling, and a sort of rough, little tangle rushes up underfoot and I am riveted, I can’ take one step because it is not level under my feet—do you understand? It was not level but sort of repulsively soft, yielding, living, green, bouncy.

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330
Related Symbols: Colors
Page Number: 135-136
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In a blink, I am somewhere up high and underneath me are heads and heads, and gaping, screaming mouths, and arms pouring upward and then falling. This was exceptionally strange, intoxicating: I felt myself above everyone, I was myself, a separate thing, a world; I stopped being a component, as I had been, and I became the number one.

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330
Related Symbols: Colors
Page Number: 138
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Record 28 Quotes

“Who knows who you are…A person is a novel: you don’t know how it will end until the very last page. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth reading to the very end…”

Related Characters: I-330 (speaker), D-503, U
Page Number: 141
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Record 30 Quotes

“Well, which final revolution do you want then? There isn’t a final one. Revolutions are infinite. Final things are for children because infinity scares children and it is important that children sleep peacefully at night…”

Related Characters: I-330 (speaker), D-503
Page Number: 153
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Record 32 Quotes

A ridiculous feeling but I was sure of it: yes, I must help. Ridiculous, because it was a duty and yet another crime. Ridiculous, because a white duty cannot, at the same time, be a black duty and a crime—they can’t coincide. Life is either blackless or whiteless and its color only depends on a basic, logical premise. And if the premise is that I gave her a child illegally…

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), O-90
Page Number: 167
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Record 35 Quotes

“Because I…I was afraid, that if she was…that they would have…you would have…you would stop lov…Oh, I can’t—I couldn’t have!”

I understood: this was the truth. A ridiculous, funny, human truth!

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), U (speaker), I-330
Page Number: 185
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Record 36 Quotes

“The most merciful Christian, God himself, slowly burning all the recalcitrants in the fires of Hell—is he not an executioner? And were there really fewer burned at the stake by the Christians than Christians who were burned themselves? And yet, understand this, and yet, they glorified this God as the God of Love. Absurd? No, the opposite: it is testimony, written in blood, to the ineradicable good sense of a human. Even then—wild, shaggy as they were—they understood: true algebraic love toward humankind is inhuman—and the sure sign of truth is its cruelty.”

Related Characters: The Benefactor (speaker), D-503
Page Number: 187
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If only I had a mother like the Ancients: my—yes, exactly—my own mother. She would know me as—not the Builder of the Integral, and not cipher D-503, and not a molecule of the One State—but simply a fragment of humanity, a fragment of herself, trampled, squashed, thrown away…”

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker), I-330, The Benefactor
Page Number: 189
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Record 40 Quotes

And I hope we will win. More than that: I know we will win. Because reason should win.

Related Characters: D-503 (speaker)
Page Number: 203
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D-503 Character Timeline in We

The timeline below shows where the character D-503 appears in We. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Record 1
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The narrator opens Record One by including a copy of an announcement posted in the State Gazette.... (full context)
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...be “taming a wild zigzag […] into a straight line.” He reveals that he is D-503, the Builder of the Integral, and one of the One State’s few mathematicians. D-503 states... (full context)
Record 2
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...expanse of nature sits beyond the Green Wall. The sky is blue and cloudless, and D-503 imagines that “the Ancients” might have written silly, poetic musings to evoke the beauty of... (full context)
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As an example of this, D-503 recounts that he was at the hangar earlier that morning working on the Integral when... (full context)
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D-503’s musing are interrupted by the click of an intercom, which alerts him to O-90’s imminent... (full context)
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...as people normally use the “Personal Hour” after lunch to walk when it’s nice outside. D-503 can hear the “March of the One State” flowing from the Music Factory. He reveals... (full context)
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Just then, an unfamiliar woman with sharp teeth laughs and tells D-503 that his revelatory, “inspired” face and laughter reminds her of a mythical god gazing upon... (full context)
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D-503 notes how sharp and angular I-330 is compared to O-90. He sees that she has... (full context)
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...strikes 17:00, and the Personal Hour is over. Before the foursome parts ways, I-330 tells D-503 to drop by Auditorium 112 the day after tomorrow. He protests that he doesn’t know... (full context)
Record 3
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The next day, D-503 fears he hasn’t written yesterday’s records as clearly and as detailed as he’d have liked.... (full context)
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To D-503, his current world is merely a continuation of humanity’s journey from a nomadic to a... (full context)
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The Table is good because it disallows for freedom. D-503 suggests that freedom is nothing more than “mass murder,” as, left to their own devices,... (full context)
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D-503 anticipates that his readers might believe he’s joking, but he’s not: he knows that life... (full context)
Record 4
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Discord and unpredictability enter into D-503’s formerly clear life the next day when he is actually called to Auditorium 112, an... (full context)
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...walks up to the instrument and plays some of the Ancients’ “convulsive” music. All around D-503, most ciphers laugh at the ludicrousness and unpredictability of such music, but D-503 is initially... (full context)
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...music. This music is derived of “Taylor and Maclaurin formulae” and is “whole-toned and quadrilateral-heavy.” D-503 relishes in its mechanical predictability. After this second performance, the ciphers exist the auditorium. D-503... (full context)
Record 5
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The next day, D-503 again expresses discontentment with his records. He’s been addressing his readers too familiarly, as though... (full context)
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D-503 begins his history of the One State by transcribing an ancient adage: “Love and hunger... (full context)
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D-503 reasons that bliss and envy are “the numerator and the denominator of the fraction known... (full context)
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D-503 reveals that as he was recording the progress of civilization he felt “some kind of... (full context)
Record 6
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D-503 reiterates that he will be completely open in his records. Therefore, he must admit that,... (full context)
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What’s more, D-503 recalls, a different, unforeseen circumstance greeted him during the Personal Hour that day when he... (full context)
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D-503 and I-330 arrive at the Ancient House and an old, wrinkled woman greets them. It... (full context)
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...books in the room, a candelabra, and a Buddha statue. The room appears disorganized to D-503, and he’s uncomfortable, though I-330 loves the room—she says it’s her favorite one in the... (full context)
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I-330 asks D-503 what he’d do if she asked him to stay in the Ancient House with her... (full context)
Record 7
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That night, D-503 dreams about his afternoon at the Ancient House with I-330. He wakes to bluish light... (full context)
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At 7:00, it’s time to get up. D-503 watches other people in adjacent glass apartments also rising for work, which comforts him. He... (full context)
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D-503 goes to work. With pleasure, he thinks about the math involved in the Integral’s design.... (full context)
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D-503 reads the State Gazette, which reports on evidence of a strengthening rebel organization that aims... (full context)
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D-503 anguishes over his inability to report I-330 to the Bureau of Guardians. He resigns to... (full context)
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D-503’s outburst hurts O-90, and she asks him if he’s sick. Internally, he recalls images of... (full context)
Record 8
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D-503 recalls when he was a schoolboy and “[the square root of negative one]happened to [him].”... (full context)
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D-503 recalls how, earlier in the day, he stood inside the Bureau next to other ciphers... (full context)
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D-503 invites R-13 over to work on math problems, but O-90 hesitates because she and R-13... (full context)
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In response to R-13’s story about the poet, D-503 expresses gratitude that the days of individual creativity are gone. R-13 agrees, but D-503 sees... (full context)
Record 9
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It’s a bright day, and D-503 can look past his sickness. He and a crowd of other ciphers are at the... (full context)
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D-503 is about to witness one such sacrifice at the Cube Plaza: a convicted cipher stands,... (full context)
Record 10
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Yesterday’s execution was purifying for D-503, and he feels more like himself again. D-503 approaches a woman named U who monitors... (full context)
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It’s almost 21:00 and D-503 is heading to meet I-330 anyway. He arrives and gives her the pink ticket. D-503... (full context)
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D-503 can barely manage to dictate the next scene, as he feels he witnessed it from... (full context)
Record 11
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It’s evening, and the sky is a cloudy and opaque white. D-503 scoffs, reminded of the Ancients’ foolish belief in God; the One State, in contrast, knows... (full context)
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Twenty minutes later, R-13 arrives. D-503 is happy for the company, as he doesn’t want to be alone with his other... (full context)
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D-503 respects R-13’s plans for his new poetry and thinks about how he admires his friend’s... (full context)
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This makes D-503 think about his night with I-330. He asks R-13 if he’s ever tried nicotine or... (full context)
Record 12
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D-503 thinks he’s recovering—he slept excellently last night. As he travels to work on the subterranean... (full context)
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D-503 thinks about how math is more perfect than the Ancients’ God, as God created humans... (full context)
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D-503’s thoughts are interrupted when he feels S-4711’s breath on the back of his neck. At... (full context)
Record 13
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D-503 wakes up feeling good: O-90 will be over tonight. When he gets up to go... (full context)
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D-503 and I-330 walk together to the Bureau of Medicine, where they meet a very thin... (full context)
Record 14
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The next day, D-503 writes about what happened after he returned from his incident with I-330: O-90 comes over,... (full context)
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O-90 asks where D-503 was earlier. He can’t tell her the truth, so he starts to kiss her. He... (full context)
Record 15
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D-503 enters the hangar to work on the Integral and the Second Builder tells him that... (full context)
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D-503’s thoughts shift suddenly to I-330 and her mysterious disappearance at the Ancient House yesterday. The... (full context)
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D-503 reflects on the Integral’s future, when it will travel to alien civilizations and seize control... (full context)
Record 16
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Several days have passed since D-503’s last entry. He’s lovesick over I-330 and can’t stop thinking about her disappearance in the... (full context)
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That evening, I-330 has a pink ticket for D-503. Excitedly, he waits in his room for her, but she never arrives. He imagines she... (full context)
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D-503 can no longer bear I-330’s absence, so he calls her, but he hangs up the... (full context)
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On his way to the Bureau of Medicine, D-503 runs into S. Ashamed and paranoid, he tells S that he’s sick. Sternly, S instructs... (full context)
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The thin doctor tells a second doctor that D-503 is the Builder of the Integral; he responds by nodding and leaving the room. The... (full context)
Record 17
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The day after his D-503 writes that, although he thought yesterday would be a clarifying experience, it only provided him... (full context)
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D-503 keeps walking and sees the Ancient House. He greets the old woman at the entrance... (full context)
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When D-503 comes to, he has a cut on his finger. He feels around in the dark... (full context)
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D-503 regains consciousness in the Ancient House. I-330 is still with him and implies she wants... (full context)
Record 18
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D-503 writes about a dream he had yesterday in which he was in the Ancient House... (full context)
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The morning bell rings and D-503 joins the other ciphers to go to work, but there is a “fog” in his... (full context)
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That evening, per the skinny doctor’s orders, D-503 goes for another walk instead of joining the rest of the ciphers for an assembly.... (full context)
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In her letter, O-90 writes that D-503 is particularly special to her: that she loves him and cannot live without him. In... (full context)
Record 19
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D-503 recalls how I-330 told him to meet her the day after tomorrow—it is now that... (full context)
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At 16:00, D-503 goes to his building and U tells him I-330 requests his presence. On her pink... (full context)
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When D-503 arrives home, O-90 is waiting for him. She asks him if he received her letter.... (full context)
Record 20
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D-503 reflects on his prohibited intimate act with O-90. He pictures O-90 being punished for getting... (full context)
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D-503’s thoughts become abstract as he considers the consequences of having rights. He firmly believes that... (full context)
Record 21
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D-503 writes that I-330 was assigned to see him yesterday and, again, left a confusing note... (full context)
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At 16:00, D-503 takes an aero to the Ancient House: he sees it as his “authorly duty” to... (full context)
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Back in the main courtyard, D-503 runs into S, who inquires after D-503’s health. D-503 remarks that there is an unusually... (full context)
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Later that evening, D-503 says, he attempted to write in his record about the Day of the One Vote.... (full context)
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...Guardians, considering her “cruelty” in so doing to be, in fact, an act of love. D-503 understands and commends U’s decision. U then starts to tell him news about the Day... (full context)
Record 22
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D-503 writes about how the ciphers’ recent Table-scheduled walk was interrupted when a condemned young cipher... (full context)
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D-503 wants to defend his impulsive—and mistaken— leap by shouting “There she is! Get her!” but... (full context)
Record 23
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As he walks to U’s monitor desk, D-503 writes about a flower that blooms only once a century and wonders if there are... (full context)
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Later, D-503 is in his room with I-330. He holds her knees and imagines himself melting into... (full context)
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D-503 asks why I-330 has repeatedly failed to see him, and she tells him she needed... (full context)
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...begins to speak: “Maybe, on that day,” but stops herself. Her eyes become unreadable to D-503. D-503 thinks about the birds above the Green Wall that he saw the other day.... (full context)
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I-330’s mixed signals and opacity make D-503 feel like an overworked machine. The holiday—the Day of the One Vote—is tomorrow. D-503 will... (full context)
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D-503’s record picks up in the evening, where he explains the history and significance of the... (full context)
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As D-503 wraps up his record, he sees a woman undressing in an adjacent apartment. His thoughts... (full context)
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D-503 recounts the Day of the One Vote: he and the other ciphers sing the Hymn... (full context)
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...the loudspeaker, a voice asks those in favor of the Benefactor to raise their hands. D-503 and millions of others do so enthusiastically. The voice then asks who opposes the Benefactor.... (full context)
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D-503 sees O-90 on a projection screen, here hands placed protectively across her stomach. Suddenly, D-503... (full context)
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D-503’s log resumes that evening, at 22:00, as he reflects on that morning’s events. He wonders... (full context)
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I-330 tells D-503 she will take him back beyond the wall tomorrow if “nothing in particular” happens. D-503... (full context)
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In the morning, D-503 reads the One State’s response to yesterday’ disrupted election in that day’s issue of the... (full context)
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D-503 arrives at the hangar where he and the other workers are preparing the Integral for... (full context)
Record 27
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Later that day, D-503 waits in the secret corridors beneath the Ancient House. 16:00 has come and gone, and... (full context)
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D-503’s record resumes 24 hours later as he contemplates what unfolded next. He feels as though... (full context)
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I-330 leaves D-503, and he is alone. Suddenly, he sees her above the crowd, perched upon a yellow... (full context)
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The crowd places D-503 on the rock next to I-330. They both drink from a wooden cup. D-503 sees... (full context)
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D-503 is trying to write, but he hears I-330 and U arguing outside his apartment. I-330... (full context)
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I-330 tells D-503 that the One State’s auditoriums were shut down today and that she saw “them” in... (full context)
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I-330 grabs D-503’s hairy hands and tells him that people on the outside have had relationships with people... (full context)
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...appears at the door to warn them that the Guardians—including S—are headed their way. Hurriedly, D-503 begins to write words praising the Benefactor. The Guardians arrive in D-503’s room. U arrives... (full context)
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D-503 walks toward the Ancient House, as I-330 told him she wanted to meet in the... (full context)
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D-503 comes up with a plan to save O-90 and her baby—with the help of I-330.... (full context)
Record 30
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D-503 writes about his conversation with I-330 in the Ancient House the day before, as he... (full context)
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D-503 tells I-330 that she is describing a revolution—something he knows is impossible, as the One... (full context)
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After I-330 leaves, D-503 walks past an auditorium and sees tables covered in white glass with blood on them.... (full context)
Record 31
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D-503 reads the morning’s State Gazette and decides everything has been a bad dream. The Gazette... (full context)
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D-503 calls I-330 and tells her about the Gazette’s statement. She tells him to come by... (full context)
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D-503 returns to his room, where U is sitting at his desk. He forgives her for... (full context)
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U leaves and D-503 heads over to I-330’s place. He goes to her and hugs her knees. A storm... (full context)
Record 32
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It’s 24 hours before the Integral’s planned test run. While at work, D-503 contemplates death, the unknown, and how every hour brings him closer to deciding whether he... (full context)
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D-503 runs into O-90, who is also hiding from the machine-like ciphers. O-90 is so terrified... (full context)
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Outside his apartment, D-503 approaches U at her monitor’s desk. She tells him about how a cipher told her... (full context)
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It’s finally the day of the Integral’s first test flight. D-503 opens that morning’s State Gazette and reads an announcement that all ciphers will be required... (full context)
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In the aftermath of the Integral’s test flight, D-503 anguishes over how things actually played out, but he forces himself to be rational and... (full context)
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D-503 writes about the Integral’s test flight: on the day of the test flight, D-503 boards... (full context)
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D-503 leaves to check the engine before the Integral’s launch when he is struck by the... (full context)
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D-503 returns to the command room. He calls to the engine room to stop. The Integral... (full context)
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...convenes on the deck to look out on the mysterious “over-the-wall-world” beneath them. Someone behind D-503 says they saw a face through their binoculars. At 12:00, One State loyalists intervene before... (full context)
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Horrified, D-503 gives the order to stop the engines and the Integral begins to fall. The Second... (full context)
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D-503 doesn’t sleep that night. He discovers that his head is wrapped in a steel band.... (full context)
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U is still not at her desk. D-503 returns to his room. At 21:00, U walks in. D-503 looks at the steel rod... (full context)
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D-503 feels like his head is “an empty white page.” He doesn’t remember walking to see... (full context)
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When he regains consciousness, D-503 sees the Machine of the Benefactor in a public square. He approaches the Machine, crying... (full context)
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It’s morning at the cafeteria. A cipher tells D-503 to eat, and he forces a smile, though it feels “like some kind of crack... (full context)
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D-503 runs to I-330’s building. He waits outside her apartment but doesn’t see her. He looks... (full context)
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When D-503 wakes up, it’s daytime and I-330 is sitting at his desk, smirking. He is overjoyed... (full context)
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D-503 decides that he will undergo the Operation tomorrow morning. He feels too tortured to go... (full context)
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D-503 runs into S, who asks him why he’s there. D-503 confesses everything to S—about his... (full context)
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D-503 leaves the Bureau of Guardians. He feels ill and begins to groan. His neighbor—the cipher... (full context)
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D-503 can’t believe it was truly he who wrote the previous 200 pages of records: “None... (full context)
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The day after receiving the Operation, D-503 reports to the Benefactor and confesses everything to him—something he’d wanted to do the entire... (full context)
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...temporary wall has been raised to separate the One State from the wild, free world. D-503 expresses confidence in the success of the One State: “I know we will win. Because... (full context)