| Quote #4
"Demerol, they used to call that," said the Finn. "[Riviera]'s a speedball artist. Funny class of people you're mixing with, Case." (7.56)
Although Case and Riviera are two totally different characters, their recreational drug use and their dependence on technology connects them, despite their best efforts.
| Quote #5
Aerol, with no particular provocation, related the tale of the baby who had burst from his forehead and scampered into a forest of hydroponic ganja. (8.60)
Drugs can make you experience things that aren't really happening, but if you experience them in your mind, then how will you know the difference? Hint: ask the sober people.
| Quote #6
The bright eyes met [Case's]. "Of course it does. That's part of it, isn't it?" (8.73-74)
Pain and pleasure, pleasure and pain. The two go hand in hand in the drug game.