The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness

by

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe (Tibe) Character Analysis

Tibe is the cousin of King Argaven, and rises through the kyorremy to become his prime minister. Tibe is patriotic in a dangerous way, in that his love for his nation is entangled with a hatred of anyone he sees as a threat to Karhide. Unlike Estraven, the former prime minster he sends into exile, Tibe is not interested in Ai or the Ekumen. Similarly, he is uninterested in diplomatically resolving the Sinoth Valley dispute, and instead seems ready to press the issue until it leads to war with Orgoreyn. His actions are motivated both by a desire for self-preservation, and a desire to preserve his nation.

Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe (Tibe) Quotes in The Left Hand of Darkness

The The Left Hand of Darkness quotes below are all either spoken by Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe (Tibe) or refer to Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe (Tibe) . 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ace Books edition of The Left Hand of Darkness published in 1987.
Chapter 8 Quotes

Argaven was not sane; the sinister incoherence of his mind darkened the mood of his capital; he fed on fear. All the good of his reign had been done by his ministers and the kyorremy. But he had not done much harm. His wrestles with his own nightmares had not damaged the Kingdom. His cousin Tibe was another kind of fish, for his insanity had logic. Tibe knew when to act, and how to act. Only he did not know when to stop.
Tibe spoke on the radio a good deal. Estraven when in power had never done so, and it was not in the Karhidish vein: their government was not a public performance, normally; it was covert and indirect. Tibe, however, orated. Hearing his voice on the air I saw again the long-toothed smile and the face masked with a net of fine wrinkles. His speeches were long and loud: praises of Karhide, disparagements of Orgoreyn, vilifications of “disloyal factions,” discussions of the “Integrity of the Kingdom’s borders,” lectures in history and ethics and economics, all in a ranting, canting emotional tone that went shrill with vituperation or adulation. He talked much about pride of country and love of parentland, but little about shifgrethor, personal pride or prestige. Had Karhide lost so much prestige in the Sinoth Valley business that the subject could not be brought up? No; for he often talked about the Sinoth Valley. I decided that he was deliberately avoiding talk of shifgrethor because he wished to rouse emotions of a more elemental, uncontrollable kind. He wanted to stir up something that the whole shifgrethor-pattern was a refinement upon, a sublimation of. He wanted his hearers to be frightened and angry. His themes were not pride and love at all, though he used the words perpetually; as he used them they meant self-praise and hate. He talked a great deal about Truth also, for he was, he said, “cutting down beneath the veneer of civilization.”

Page Number: 107
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Chapter 10 Quotes

Obsle, speaking to persuade others, had said, “Either Karhide will fear the strength this alliance will give us—and Karhide is always afraid of new ways and new ideas, remember—and so will hang back and be left behind. Or else the Erhenrang Government will get up their courage and come and ask to join, after us, in second place. In either case the shifgrethor of Karhide will be diminished; and in either case, we drive the sledge. If we have the wits to take this advantage now, it will be a permanent advantage and a certain one!” Then turning to me, “But the Ekumen must be willing to help us, Mr. Ai. We have got to have more to show our people than you alone, one man, already known in Erhenrang.”

Page Number: 153
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Chapter 15 Quotes

…Hate Orgoreyn? No, how should I? How does one hate a country, or love one? Tibe talks about it; I lack the trick of it. I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and river and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain plowland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? What is love of one’s country; is it hate of one’s uncountry? Then it’s not a good thing. Is it simply self-love? That’s a good thing, but one mustn’t make a virtue of it, or a profession…Insofar as I love life, I love the hills of the Domain of Estre, but that sort of love does not have a boundary-line of hate. And beyond that, I am ignorant, I hope.

Page Number: 227
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Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe (Tibe) Character Timeline in The Left Hand of Darkness

The timeline below shows where the character Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe (Tibe) appears in The Left Hand of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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A member of the kyorremy named Tibe (the King’s cousin) interrupts Ai’s conversation so that he can talk to Estraven. Ai can... (full context)
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Tibe intercepts Ai as he walks. They talk about the ceremony, and Ai says he appreciates... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Ai listens to the radio in the days before he prepares to leave the city. Tibe, the new prime minister, is often discussed, as is his desire to reclaim land in... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...fishermen recognize him and will not rent out their boats to him. He sees that Tibe plans to keep him in Karhide for three days, after which his exile will truly... (full context)
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...the harbor. As he’s rowing, he is overcome by weakness and sickness. Two agents of Tibe, still on the shore, have shot him with a sonic gun on a lethal setting,... (full context)
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...Estraven’s exile hasn’t fully come into effect yet, and in response to radio commands from Tibe’s agents telling him to return to shore, the captain declares “The king exiled him, I’ll... (full context)
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...a hospital some time later. Estraven had used dothe strength to row himself away from Tibe’s men, but had not sufficiently rested during the thangen phase, which led to his collapse... (full context)
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...of government more than the Orgata style, a more brutal and efficient regime favored by Tibe. Estraven confirms Yegey’s speculation. (full context)
Chapter 8
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...Erhenrang, where he now feels unsafe. Argaven has taken time off for his pregnancy, and Tibe is in charge in the interim. While Argaven was insane and fearful, his political cabinet... (full context)
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Tibe also talks about Truth, and claims to be “cutting down beneath the veneer of civilization.”... (full context)
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...to do the same thing, having “got a little ahead of Nature.” Ai sees that Tibe wants to unite Karhide into a nation. He can mobilize it either through a new... (full context)
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Ai informs Tibe of his question to the Foretellers, to no response. He then goes to the Orgota... (full context)
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...is happy to hear calm announcements about the weather and the economy, worlds away from Tibe’s ranting. He is happy to be out of Karhide, which he now considers “an incoherent”... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...be a fraud. This is a new experience, as most people in Karhide believed him—even Tibe, who distrusted him. Ai’s spaceship is still in Karhide, so he has just his body,... (full context)
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...that Estraven is aligned with the Open Traders, who are using him to annoy Mersen, Tibe’s spy. Shusgis’s opinion of Estraven is that he’s a traitor who unsuccessfully tried to block... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...full of secrets. Yesterday Orgoreyn attacked a Karhidish granary, and Estraven reflects this is what Tibe and the Sarf want. (full context)
Chapter 14
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...the same events with different eyes” explains his perspective: back in the spring, fearful of Tibe’s ascendancy, Estraven began to encourage Argaven not to meet with Ai. He hoped that by... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...men ski to the border, where they hide and watch guards, who Estraven assumes are Tibe’s Inspectors, patrol. (full context)
Chapter 20
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...replaced the old, and the Open Trade faction eventually takes over. In Karhide this means Tibe, cowed by Ai’s new prestige, resigns. He resigned before he even knew of Ai’s ship,... (full context)
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...joined the kyorremy. Ai suspects Faxe only became involved in politics because of fear over Tibe’s governing. (full context)