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The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Language and Communication Quotes

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Quote #1

The soundest fact may fail or prevail in the style of its telling: like that singular jewel of our seas, which grows brighter as one woman wears it and, worn by another, dulls and goes to dust. (1.1)

You know it's an important theme when it pops up in the first paragraph. Also, would it have killed her to just write pearl?

Quote #2

[I]f at moments the facts seem to alter with an altered voice, why then you can choose the fact you like best; yet none of them is false, and it is all one story. (1.2)

Best thing about communication: it's a two-way street that makes for one journey. Just don't try telling that "choose your own fact" thing to your math teacher.

Quote #3

"Is there any communication you'd care to make with the Stabiles on Hain, sir?" (3.52)

Ai's mission is one of diplomacy and communication. Too bad for Ai that kings aren't the best when it comes to communicating fairly. Oh, and don't forget to check out the ansible as a symbol in our "Symbols, Imagery, Allegory" section.

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