White Noise


Don DeLillo

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Winnie Richards Character Analysis

A colleague of Jack’s at the College-on-the-hill. Winnie is a relatively young neuro-chemist whom everybody on campus regards as brilliant, an assessment that makes her sheepish and reclusive. When Jack finds Babette’s stash of Dylar, he tracks down Winnie, who is hard to find because of her wish to slink around unnoticed. When Winnie first analyzes the pill, her tests are inconclusive regarding Dylar’s purpose, but she later finds and shares a scholarly article with Jack that outlines not only the drug’s intended use, but also the controversial story of Willie Mink and his anonymous test subject, whom Jack knows to be Babette.

Winnie Richards Quotes in White Noise

The White Noise quotes below are all either spoken by Winnie Richards or refer to Winnie Richards. 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 Penguin Books edition of White Noise published in 2009.
Chapter 30 Quotes

[…] I think it’s a mistake to lose one’s sense of death, even one’s fear of death. Isn’t death the boundary we need? Doesn’t it give a precious texture to life, a sense of definition? You have to ask yourself whether anything you do in this life would have beauty and meaning without the knowledge you carry of a final line, a border or limit.

Related Characters: Winnie Richards (speaker), Jack Gladney
Page Number: 217
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Winnie Richards Character Timeline in White Noise

The timeline below shows where the character Winnie Richards appears in White Noise. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 25
Fear, Death, and Control Theme Icon
Jack takes a Dylar pill to Winnie Richards, a brilliant neurochemist who is difficult to track down because she runs from place... (full context)
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Uncertainty and Authority Theme Icon
Jack catches up to Winnie again after having trouble finding her and chasing her through campus. She tells him that... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Uncertainty and Authority Theme Icon
...that is in simply embedded in their nature. Later the next day, Jack tracks down Winnie Richards and tells her what Dylar does. In his conversation with her, they come to... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...whipping himself around and pulling out the gun before seeing that his pursuer is only Winnie Richards. Pocketing the pistol, he steps out from behind the tree and greets her. She... (full context)