Nancy is the Suicide Hostess that Billy the Poet kidnaps in the story. Like all Hostesses, she is a virgin. Nancy is a representative of her government and society: she is uninterested in sex and disgusted by both Billy and the women who help him. Nancy is surprised by Billy's small stature and is even angrier that she cannot use her martial arts skills to escape, first because of his gun, and then because of his gang. Nancy is not unintelligent. She is, in fact, educated, quick-witted and self-sufficient. She provides the reader with an impressive human specimen through which to view the current world state. She resists Billy every step of the way, arguing his points from the time he first reveals himself in the Parlor.