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“Noticing her body made him feel like a low-class wind-up toy.”


Ladies, this is how guys feel right before they ask you out.

Most of you intimidate us.

While describing this feeling, most hack writers like myself might say “I’ve got butterflies in my stomach.” But Philip K. Dick describes that sensation in a much more articulate, unique way.

This, from Ubik:

“It did not seem possible that Wendy Wright had been born out of blood and internal organs like other people. In proximity to her he felt himself to be a squat, oily, sweating, uneducated nurt whose stomach rattled and whose breath wheezed. Near her he became aware of the physical mechanisms which kept him alive; within him machinery, pipes and valves and gas-compressors and fan belts had to chug away at a losing task, a labor ultimately doomed. Seeing her face, he discovered that his own consisted of a garish mask; noticing her body made him feel like a low-class wind-up toy.”

That last line just brings it all home, doesn’t it?

“Noticing her body made him feel like a low-class wind-up toy.”

Wow. Great stuff from Philip K. Dick.

Guess what, friends? I’m actually enjoying Ubik so far. So far.

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow


    November 19, 2013
  2. When I was in college my super smart double biochem/microbiology major roomie was very unhappily required to take a lit class. =) So she picked sci-fi lit and they were assigned Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? One Sunday afternoon I noticed it sitting on the coffee table, picked it up and read it in one sitting. I was mesmerized. Say what you want about his mental status, the man could write. My roomie wasn’t nearly as impressed, however. It took her a couple weeks to get through it.


    November 19, 2013
  3. I like how he talks about how he could feel all of his insides working.Kind of like when you’re really nervous or scared and you can hear your heart pounding in your ears. (Or personally, when I get really scared my toes start tingling).
    Glad youre enjoying Ubik!


    November 19, 2013
  4. Republicou isso em Curiosidades na internete comentado:
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    November 19, 2013
  5. This is fantastic! I agree, but let us discuss how women feel. I wonder how that would be described?🙂 It seems early in the week to be pondering such thoughts…ha! Great post!


    November 19, 2013
  6. Ha! I know I’ve met a few guys that made me feel like that, but I think they were doing it on purpose.


    November 19, 2013
  7. That was beautifully done. The whole “butterflies in my stomach” approach is so cliche that it just doesn’t communicate the intensity of the feeling as it must have before it was overused.


    November 19, 2013
  8. Don’t know if you’ve thought about it. Have you looked into being a media specialist for a schoo? I have several librarian friends who do that and love the job.


    November 19, 2013
  9. That is a fantastic line🙂


    November 20, 2013
  10. Gosh. Wish I could steal that line. Haha. Great post.


    November 22, 2013

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