R-13 is a poet and D-503’s friend. They share O-90 as a sexual partner, and the three of them exist as a harmonious triangle at the beginning of We. Once I-330 seduces D-503, however, their triangle quickly disintegrates as D-503 becomes jealous of R-13, with whom I-330 is also intimately involved. Like S-4711 and I-330, R-13 is involved with MEPHI, though D-503 is unaware of this. R-13 performs his duties to the One State, writing poetry that praises the beauty of math and logic, but he also harbors disdain for the One State’s condemnation of individuality and artistic expression.
R-13 Quotes in We
The We quotes below are all either spoken by R-13 or refer to R-13. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Modern Library edition of We published in 2006.).
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!”
R-13 Character Timeline in We
The timeline below shows where the character R-13 appears in We. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...his records. He’s been addressing his readers too familiarly, as though they were his friend R-13, not alien creatures with no inside knowledge of the One State’s intricacies. Because everything about... (full context)
...to turn in themselves and their loved ones for illegal activity. There, he runs into R-13 and O-90. R-13 accuses D-503 of daydreaming, jokingly telling him that he should have been... (full context)
...the Machine—a mechanical surrogate for the Benefactor, consisting of “quadratic outlines” and heavy, stone hands. R-13 rises and recites poetry condemning blasphemous poetry that insults the Benefactor. R-13 sits. The Benefactor... (full context)
...demand to know about what he was thinking. However, he feels confident that his thoughts—on R-13’s poetry, on the beauty and predictability of math, on the collective superiority of the One... (full context)
...O-90 on a projection screen, here hands placed protectively across her stomach. Suddenly, D-503 sees R-13 holding I-330 in his arms. Her unif is ripped and she is covered in blood.... (full context)
...State is beginning to dissolve. He shifts his narrative to his interaction with I-330 after R-13 left them alone: sitting on a bench, bleeding, I-330 tells D-503 that tomorrow is always... (full context)