The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness

by

Ursula K. Le Guin

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The period after an expression of dothe strength in which the practitioner must rest and recover. The longer dothe was in use, the longer thangen takes.
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Thangen Term Timeline in The Left Hand of Darkness

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Chapter 6
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...strength to row himself away from Tibe’s men, but had not sufficiently rested during the thangen phase, which led to his collapse and hospitalization. The doctor chastises him for putting himself... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...must rest. He feeds himself and Ai, cleans Ai’s bedsores, and then is overtaken by thangen. He and Ai sleep for days.  (full context)
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For a day and a half, Estraven is in catatonic thangen-sleep, and for some time after that he is in a milder recovery period. In this... (full context)