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by William Gibson

Manipulation Quotes in Neuromancer

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Quote #7

The ugliness of the door struck Case as she reached for it. Not the door itself, which was beautiful, or had once been part of some more beautiful whole, but the way it had been sawn down to fit a particular entrance. (15.24)

The Tessier-Ashpools try to manipulate the world to fit their view of how things should be. They're so obsessed with making everything the way they want it that they can't even leave a plain old door alone. Jeez.

Quote #8

[…] twist a man far enough, then twist him as far back, in the opposite direction, reverse and twist again. The man broke. Like breaking a length of wire. (17.12)

You've got to feel sorry for Armitage here. The costs of manipulation are plain to see in his part of this story. But are we sure he would have been better off as Corto?

Quote #9

"To call up a demon you must learn its name. Men dreamed that, once, but now it is real in another way. You know that, Case. Your business is to learn the names of programs, the long formal names, names the owners seek to conceal. True names…" (21.29)

Technology takes the place of magic in Neuromancer's explanation of his own existence. To see a fantasy example of this name trope, check out Ursula Le Guin's "A Wizard of Earthsea." 

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