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The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness Chapter 4 Summary
The Nineteenth Day Once again, we find ourselves reading a story within a story. This time, we're going to get some information on the Foretellers. Enjoy. Some dude named Lord Berosty rim ir Ipe asks the Foretellers when he will die. The Foretellers answer: Odstreth, the 19th day, any month. As is the case with most prophecies, no more information is available, and Berosty freaks out every 19th day of every month afterward. Wouldn't you? His kemmering (life partner), Herbor, goes to the Foretellers to get more information. He offers his life as the payment. The Foretellers agree, and Herbor asks, " How long will Ashe Berosty rem ir Ipe live?" The answer, " Longer than Herbor of Geganner!" (4.16). So, yay…kind of. Herbor goes home to bells Berosty with the good—well, goodish—news. But Berosty is enraged at Herbor for not asking a better question. In a Hulk-like rage, he smashes a table of red stone over his lovers head. Yikes. Herbor dies, obviously. Well, he did offer his life as payment. Berosty is really bummed out by what he's done. We're talking really bummed. In fact, he goes crazy and eventually hangs himself on the nineteenth day, thus fulfilling the prophecy. Look, guys, if we've learned anything from , it's that prophecies are always bad news. Oedipus
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