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The Dispossessed | Visual Development

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"There was a wall. It did not look important. It was built of uncut rocks roughly mortared. An adult could look right over it, and even a child could climb it. Where it crossed the roadway, instead of having a gate it degenerated into mere geometry, a line, an idea of boundary. But the idea was real. It was important. For seven generations there had been nothing in the world more important than that wall.

Like all walls, it was ambiguous, two-faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon which side of it you were on."

- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed


"Compared to this, every scene Anarres could offer, even the Plain of Abbenay and the gorges of the Ne Theras, was meager: barren, arid, and inchoate. The deserts of Southwest has a vast beauty, but it was hostile, and timeless. Even where men farmed Anarres most closely, their landscape  was like a crude sketch in yellow chalk compared with this fufilled magnificence of life, rich in the sense of history and of seasons to come, inexhaustible

This is what a world is supposed to look like, Shevek thought."

- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

Desert Dunes

"Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I'm going to fulfill my proper function in the social organism. I'm going to unbuild walls."

- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

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