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.
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.
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)
...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)