The Dispossessed

Takver Character Analysis

An Anarresti woman who becomes Shevek’s romantic partner. Brilliant, empathetic, and practical, Takver works in a marine laboratory where she studies fish. Shevek admires her kind heart, her belief that “all lives are in common,” and her desire to “seek the experience of existences outside the human boundary.” After a chance meeting as young students, during which Shevek hardly paid Takver any attention at all and did not even learn her name, they reunite as adults who are brought together by mutual friends. Takver and Shevek experience an instantaneous connection, and reveal their mutual desire for monogamous partnership despite the nature of Anarresti society, which encourages experimentation and non-exclusive communal relationships. After the birth of their first child, Takver and Shevek are separated for four years by their different work assignments. When they eventually they reunite, each has remained faithful to the other during their separation, and they resume their partnership and have a second child together. Takver encourages Shevek to go to Urras, supporting his dreams of bringing the two worlds into more productive communication and of finally being able to take credit for his scientific theories. Takver is a steadfast partner and an enthusiastic supporter of Shevek’s work and his ideals—even those that rub against typical Anarresti values of communal living and self-sacrifice.

Takver Quotes in The Dispossessed

The The Dispossessed quotes below are all either spoken by Takver or refer to Takver. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“Neither of us chose [to surrender to Sabul’s authoritarianism]. We let Sabul choose for us. Our own, internalized Sabul—convention, moralism, fear of social ostracism, fear of being different, fear of being free! Well, never again. I learn slowly, but I learn.”

“What are you going to do?” asked Takver, a thrill of agreeable excitement in her voice.

“Go to Abbenay with you and start a printing syndicate. Print the Principles, uncut. And whatever else we like. Bedap’s [paper] that the PDC wouldn’t circulate. And Tirin’s play. I owe him that. He taught me what prisons are, and who builds them. Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I’m going to go fulfill my proper function in the social organism. I’m going to go unbuild walls.”

Related Characters: Shevek (speaker), Takver (speaker), Bedap, Sabul – , Tirin
Related Symbols: The Wall
Page Number: 332
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Chapter 13 Quotes

“I will lie down to sleep on Anarres tonight,” [Shevek] thought. “I will lie down beside Takver. I wish I’d brought the picture, the baby sheep, to give Pilun.” But he had not brought anything. His hands were empty, as they had always been.

Related Characters: Shevek (speaker), Takver, Sadik, Pilun
Page Number: 387
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Takver Character Timeline in The Dispossessed

The timeline below shows where the character Takver appears in The Dispossessed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...the night before, recalls the events of the last few days. After seeing his partner Takver and their children off to a city called Peace-and-Plenty, he busily communicated with the people... (full context)
Chapter 5
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That night, sleeping in Oiie’s home, Shevek dreams of Takver. In his dream, they are on the Moon together, and they are walking through a... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...he does not recognize her at all. Bedap reprimands him for not recognizing the woman, Takver, who attended the Northsetting Institute with them. Takver forgives Shevek for not remembering her, and... (full context)
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On the fourth day of the hike, weary from the physical exertion, Takver and Shevek take a break together, relaxing on a grassy knoll. Shevek tells Takver that... (full context)
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After the hiking trip is over, Shevek and Takver move into a double room on the north end of Abbenay. Both Shevek and Takver... (full context)
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Takver’s schedule at the laboratory where she works studying fish populations is demanding, and Shevek spends... (full context)
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One night, lying in bed, Shevek and Takver watch the Moon rise. Takver remarks on how beautiful Urras looks, though she knows the... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...children, and Vea asks why his partner didn’t accompany him to Urras. Shevek explains that Takver had work to do back home on Anarres—moreover, he wanted to keep her safe, and... (full context)
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...full, go for a walk. As Shevek observes Vea, he thinks that she is what Takver calls a “body profiteer”—a woman who uses her sexuality as a weapon in power struggles... (full context)
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...which commemorates the first great uprising back on Urras nearly two hundred years earlier. Shevek, Takver, and a group of their friends have just finished feasting, and sit in a park... (full context)
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...they are the source from which the Anarresti derive food, clothing, paper, and more. Meanwhile, Takver is pregnant, and though she craves sweets all the time, they are in short supply.... (full context)
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One night, Takver comes home from a difficult day to find Shevek siting alone in the dark. When... (full context)
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Takver suggests that Shevek offer Sabul a co-writing credit and see if that sways him, since... (full context)
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One afternoon, Shevek arrives home to find Takver in labor. He goes to fetch the midwife, but she is nowhere to be found,... (full context)
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...has grown close with while caring for her over the summer. Though he must leave Takver and the baby now for sixty days, he feels he at least has the assurance... (full context)
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The night before Shevek leaves, he and Takver and Bedap all have dinner together. Shevek toasts Sadik, the baby, saying that he is... (full context)
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After Shevek leaves for his work assignment, he and Takver write one another once a decad. Shevek tells Takver that the effects of the drought... (full context)
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...nearly sixty hours. When Shevek finally gets back to Abbenay, he goes to his and Takver’s domicile to find it empty. (full context)
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A letter on the table from Takver states that she received an emergency posting to a laboratory in the Northeast for an... (full context)
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...Shevek runs into his next-door neighbor, a greedy woman who has long coveted Shevek and Takver’s corner apartment. Learning that Takver has left on a work posting, the neighbor asks whether... (full context)
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Shevek leaves Sabul’s office and goes downtown to the Divlab to request a posting near Takver. The clerk, though, tells Shevek that there are no postings in that region, which is... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...the advantages and joys of partnership, and Shevek reveals that he has been separated from Takver, who is still stationed in the northwest, for over four years. (full context)
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...and enters it, examining the list of residents. One of the apartments is registered to Takver, and someone named Sherut. Shevek knocks on Takver’s door, and she answers it—they embrace one... (full context)
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...on the bed and wipes his eyes, and Sadik offers him her handkerchief. Shevek examines Takver—she has lost two teeth over the course of the years, and her skin and hair... (full context)
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It is Sadik’s bedtime, and Takver and Shevek walk her to the children’s dormitory, where she sleeps each night, though she... (full context)
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Takver regrets not having refused her initial posting away from Abbenay, but Shevek reassures her and... (full context)
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Takver puts in her notice at work, but still works long shifts even though the drought... (full context)
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Takver and Shevek discuss Sadik, as well as their childhood friends, on their nights alone. They... (full context)
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Takver draws parallels between Tirin’s persecution for artistic expression and Shevek’s for “unproductive” research. Shevek looks... (full context)
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Shevek expresses his desire to return to Abbenay, with Takver and Sadik beside him, and start a printing syndicate in order to print his own... (full context)
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That night, after Takver falls asleep, Shevek lies awake. He reflects on how over the last four years, he... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Keng, and they will speak after he rests. Shevek thinks the woman’s voice sounds like Takver’s, and he cries out for his partner before falling asleep. (full context)
Chapter 12
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...to act. Shevek heads off to meet Sabul, while Bedap goes over to Shevek and Takver’s to help Takver with the new baby, Pilun. (full context)
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Bedap and Takver talk over a drink of fruit juice, which is no longer being rationed. Takver is... (full context)
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Bedap warns Takver that his and Shevek’s Syndicate of Initiative had a difficult time at PDC today, and... (full context)
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Takver can’t believe that Shevek would even speak to Sabul, who has betrayed him and slandered... (full context)
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After dinner and some conversation in the common room of Shevek and Takver’s domicile, Bedap and Shevek take Sadik back to her dormitory. At the entrance, though, she... (full context)
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...staying the night. He and Sadik return home, and Sadik apologizes for interrupting Shevek and Takver’s privacy. Shevek tells her that she is of course welcome in their room, just like... (full context)
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Takver braids Sadik’s hair and tucks her into bed beside Pilun. Shevek and Takver get into... (full context)
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...because he was the only subject of people’s hatred. Now that it has spread to Takver and the children, though, he worries he is putting them in danger by staying with... (full context)
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Takver tells Shevek that he should go to Urras. Her voice is harsh and firm. The... (full context)
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Takver asks Shevek if it would be worth it for him to go to Urras despite... (full context)
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Shevek tells Takver that he’s not going to go to Urras, but Takver insists that he will—and not... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...paces through the garden in starlight. He looks out the windows at Anarres, wondering if Takver will be at the Port when he lands. The last time he spoke with Bedap,... (full context)
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...of how he will lie down to sleep tonight on his home planet, safe beside Takver and their children. He wishes he had a souvenir to give to Pilun, but he... (full context)