The Dispossessed

The butler and servant assigned to Shevek during his stay on Urras. At first Shevek is baffled by Efor’s role and laments the class divisions in Urrasti society that have put Efor in a place of servitude. After expressing an interest in Efor’s life, and the lives of the lower classes, Shevek wins Efor’s trust, and the two become companionable. When Shevek fears that the Ioti will steal his intellectual property, he seeks to escape the University where he has been staying—and it is Efor who helps guide him to the socialist enclave where he will presumably be safe.
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Efor Character Timeline in The Dispossessed

The timeline below shows where the character Efor appears in The Dispossessed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
Shevek asks Efor, his manservant, if the two of them can have a talk. Shevek tells Efor that... (full context)
Chapter 9
The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
Efor comes in with Shevek’s breakfast and sets it down. As he leaves, Pae comes in... (full context)
Freedom Theme Icon
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
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After Pae leaves, Shevek tells Efor to turn away any visitors and tell them he is hard at work. Shevek knows... (full context)
Freedom Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
In the morning, Efor brings Shevek breakfast. Shevek is running a fever, and Efor suggests calling a doctor. Shevek... (full context)
Freedom Theme Icon
The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
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Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
Over the next few days Efor cares for Shevek, bringing him food and water and helping to lower his fever. Shevek... (full context)
Freedom Theme Icon
The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
Efor tells Shevek to get some rest, but Shevek insists he is not tired. Efor asks... (full context)
The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
After Atro leaves, Efor comes to collect Shevek’s dinner tray. Shevek hands Efor a slip of paper—on it is... (full context)
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
Shevek begs Efor to tell him where to go and who to ask for. Efor tells Shevek that... (full context)
Freedom Theme Icon
The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
Shevek tells Efor that he cannot return to Anarres until he meets the people searching for him. Efor... (full context)