We

by

Yevgeny Zamyatin

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R-13 Character Analysis

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:
Individuality vs. Collectivism  Theme Icon
). 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!”

Related Characters: R-13 (speaker), D-503, I-330, O-90
Page Number: 37
Explanation and Analysis:
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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.
Record 5
Fear of the Unknown  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
...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)
Record 8
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Fear of the Unknown  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
...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)
Individuality vs. Collectivism  Theme Icon
Fear of the Unknown  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
D-503 invites R-13 over to work on math problems, but O-90 hesitates because she and R-13 have a... (full context)
Individuality vs. Collectivism  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
In response to R-13’s story about the poet, D-503 expresses gratitude that the days of individual creativity are gone.... (full context)
Record 9
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Fear of the Unknown  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
...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)
Record 11
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Fear of the Unknown  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
Twenty minutes later, R-13 arrives. D-503 is happy for the company, as he doesn’t want to be alone with... (full context)
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Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
D-503 respects R-13’s plans for his new poetry and thinks about how he admires his friend’s clarity and... (full context)
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Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
This makes D-503 think about his night with I-330. He asks R-13 if he’s ever tried nicotine or alcohol. D-503 can read the concern in R-13’s face.... (full context)
Record 12
Individuality vs. Collectivism  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
...Sex Day with O-90, as it will restore order to his life. D-503 thinks about R-13’s new poems and sees S-4711 and his “twice-bent” body behind him, though he pretends he... (full context)
Fear of the Unknown  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
...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)
Record 14
Individuality vs. Collectivism  Theme Icon
Alienation Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
...upsets O-90, who immediately leaves. D-503 anguishes alone, noting how I-330 has taken away both R and O from him. Despite this, he seems to know he still has feelings for... (full context)
Record 16
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Fear of the Unknown  Theme Icon
...room for her, but she never arrives. He imagines she is with another man, like R or S. D-503 frets over S, believing he has been watching him closely over the... (full context)
Record 25
Individuality vs. Collectivism  Theme Icon
Fear of the Unknown  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
...that seems to connect S and I-330. D-503 suddenly sees S converge with I-330 and R-13. He feels viscerally jealous, but remains still and silent. (full context)
Individuality vs. Collectivism  Theme Icon
Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
...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)
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Repression of Desire  Theme Icon
...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)
Record 39
Individuality vs. Collectivism  Theme Icon
Alienation Theme Icon
Fear of the Unknown  Theme Icon
...stumbles over a corpse. He looks more closely at it and sees that it is R-13. D-503 arrives at the Bureau of Guardians. Inside, ciphers wait in line to undergo the... (full context)