The Dispossessed

Thu/Thuvian Term Analysis

Thu is the socialist state on Urras, and their people are the Thuvians.
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Thu/Thuvian Term Timeline in The Dispossessed

The timeline below shows where the term Thu/Thuvian appears in The Dispossessed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...They saw footage of children’s bodies being burned during a famine in the nation of Thu, and prostitutes in the wealthy state of A-Io lying on the beach all day while... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Atro notes that Chifoilisk is an “unregenerate Thuvian,” and then laments that Shevek has not brought along even papers or new work for... (full context)
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...newspaper, written in a language and alphabet he does not know. The newspaper is from Thu, and there is yet another from Benbili, a nation far away in Urras’s western hemisphere.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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In his home state of Thu, Chifoilisk says, the people are socialists, just like the Anarresti. Shevek argues that Thu is... (full context)
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...at the university are bugged. Shevek asks Chifoilisk if he is an agent of the Thuvian government, and Chifoilisk concedes that he is. He proclaims that he will never be “bought... (full context)
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...with the Ioti, in order to get his people to come out of exile. In Thu, he explains, he knows people are afraid that Odonians might bring back the old revolution,... (full context)
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...written down the theory, Chifoilisk himself would be attempting to steal it and return to Thu with it in order to serve his country and keep it out of the hands... (full context)
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Chifoilisk implores Shevek to come to Thu once he is finally able to see what is going on in A-Io, warning him... (full context)
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...a week later, Shevek is informed by Pae that Chifoilisk has been summoned back to Thu. Pae wonders what it is that Chifoilisk did wrong to be called back by his... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...back from Urras—occasionally from Atro, and sometimes even from other scientists in both A-Io and Thu. The letters bolster Shevek’s spirits when they arrive, but his happiness fades shortly thereafter every... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...He passes a shop that sells newspapers and sees a headline reporting on the revolution: THU SENDS TROOPS TO AID BENBILI REBELS. As Shevek wanders the city, he comes to an... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...able to show Shevek the rest of Urras with all the unrest abroad: Ioti and Thuvian forces have clashed in Benbili, and are now fighting. Pae updates Shevek with the latest... (full context)