Different kinds of Inspectors appear throughout the novel. All of them, however, have the same kind of job. They are police, border agents, security officers, and law enforcers, committed to making sure everyone in Orgoreyn has their papers in order, and is in the place they are supposed to be.
Inspectors Term Timeline in The Left Hand of Darkness
The timeline below shows where the term Inspectors appears in The Left Hand of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
As an “indigent and unregistered alien” without papers, Estraven cannot return to Karhide, and the Inspector threatens to send him to a prison work camp. The physician recognizes Estraven’s name, and... (full context)
At the border, the Karhidish bridge-keeper happily lets Ai cross, whereas the Orgota Inspector reviews his documents for hours. His passport is eventually taken for further inspection and Ai... (full context)
...known, recognized.” He is taken to the Local Commensal Farm Centrality, which is filled with Inspectors who recognize him not as the Envoy, but as a “distinguished person.” They help get... (full context)
...across the glacier for six hundred miles, then southeast. They’ll stay off roads and avoid Inspectors. It is a plan Ai admits is both “practical” and “insane.” It seems impossible to... (full context)