The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness

by

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Mishnory Term Analysis

The capital of Orgoreyn.

Mishnory Quotes in The Left Hand of Darkness

The The Left Hand of Darkness quotes below are all either spoken by Mishnory or refer to Mishnory. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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 10 Quotes

If you play against your own side you’ll lose the whole game. That’s what these fellows with no patriotism, only self-love, can’t see.

Page Number: 153
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 11 Quotes

He knew I was angry but I am not sure he understood that he was insulted; he seemed to accept my advice despite the manner of its giving; and when my temper cooled I saw this, and was worried by it. Is it possible that all along in Erhenrang he was seeking my advice, not knowing how to tell me that he sought it? If so, then he must have misunderstood half and not understood the rest of what I told him by my fireside in the Palace, the night after the Ceremony of the Keystone. His shifgrethor must be founded, and composed, and sustained, altogether differently from ours; and when I thought myself most blunt and frank with him he may have found me most subtle and unclear.

His obtuseness is ignorance. His arrogance is ignorance. He is ignorant of us: we of him. He is infinitely a stranger, and I a fool, to let my shadow cross the light of hope he brings us.

Related Symbols: Keystone , Shadows
Page Number: 161
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mishnory Term Timeline in The Left Hand of Darkness

The timeline below shows where the term Mishnory appears in The Left Hand of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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Five days later, Estraven sets out to Mishnory. He pays his way by working on a fresh-fish landboat. Once in Mishnory, Estraven continues... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...person.” They help get him a new passport and send him on his way to Mishnory. (full context)
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...he now considers “an incoherent” and irrational land. It takes Ai two days to reach Mishnory. During his travels he notes that the Orgota seem incurious, a welcome change from Karhide’s... (full context)
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Ai is greeted in Mishnory by Commissioner Shusgis. Shusgis also recognizes Ai as Envoy, the first in Orgota to acknowledge... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...as it was in Karhide. He blames Estraven, and wonders what Estraven is doing in Mishnory. He also realizes Estraven didn’t come to lunch and is purposefully avoiding him. Shusgis tells... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...will not survive on the Voluntary Farm. Estraven boards a caravan that travels northwest from Mishnory to the city of Ethwen, not far from Ai’s prison camp. Estraven begins to formulate... (full context)
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A month has passed since he first left Mishnory, and winter has begun—the river is frozen and snow is falling. He feels that his... (full context)