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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Chapter 3

By Philip K. Dick

Chapter 3

  • On his way to work, Rick stops by a pet shop on animal row and spies an ostrich in the window.
  • At the office, Rick's superior, Harry Bryant, tells him to meet in Dave Holden's office at nine-thirty. Holden, the department's senior bounty hunter, is in the hospital after being shot in the back.
  • Rick checks out the file on the new Nexus-6 model of android CPU and considers the Voigt-Kampff test. It's the only method he has of telling an android from a human being, and it operates by measuring empathic response.
  • Rick decides to call up the pet shop and ask them how much the ostrich costs, because who doesn't want an ostrich running around on the roof of his apartment building? No one, that's who.
  • The clerk tells him one thousand dollars under book listing, which is still expensive.
  • He also calls up his fake pet shop and learns that an electric ostrich would cost a mere eight hundred dollars. A bargain!
  • He heads for Holden's office, knowing that Dave's absence means work and that sweet bounty money will be coming his way.