The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness

by

Ursula K. Le Guin

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The Thirty-Three Term Analysis

Thirty-three men who make up the Orgoreyn government. Orgoreyn is made up of thirty-three districts, each of which sends a representative, or Commensal, to the nation’s capital.
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The Thirty-Three Term Timeline in The Left Hand of Darkness

The timeline below shows where the term The Thirty-Three appears in The Left Hand of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
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This chapter is made up of Estraven’s diary entries. He first relates intrigue in the Thirty-Three. He is aligned with Obsle and Yegey, who are Open Traders, of which there are... (full context)
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Estraven knows the Sarf contingent in the Thirty-Three fears the Envoy, and thinks he is a hoax. They worry if they call down... (full context)
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The next day, Ai gives a speech to the Thirty-Three. Estraven is not invited, but Obsle plays him a tape of the meeting. Estraven thinks... (full context)
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The next day, Estraven notes Ai’s transmitting device has been turned over to the Thirty-Three. Estraven suggests to Obsle they communicate with Ai’s spaceship, but Obsle claims the radio, run... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...is already aware of his arrest, and the guards are following the orders of the Thirty Three(full context)
Chapter 14
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...Ai and “contaminate” him, putting him in more danger. Once in Orgoreyn he encouraged the Thirty-Three to let Ai travel into the country, hoping they would accept Ai and his story.... (full context)