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-->''They walked, they walked, they walked, across the fields of France and across the fields of Germany and across the high mountains of Spain, weeks they walked and months they walked, singing the songs of peace, and so they came at last, ten thousand strong, to the end of the land and the beginning of the sea, to the City Lisboa, where the ships had been promised them. And there the ships lay in harbour.''

A short novel by UrsulaKLeGuin, first published in 1978, which, according to the WordOfGod, may or may not be a part of the Hainish Cycle. The story takes place on a planet called [[MeaningfulName Victoria]], which has been chosen by the people from Earth to be a penal colony. The inhabitants of the planet are divided into two groups: the descendants of regular criminals and those of the radical pacifists whose ideas were considered too revolutionary to let them spread. Each group has its own social structure and worldview, along with a theory about the reasons of their having been sent to the same place and thus doomed to eternally coexist. Although the protagonist is the warrior leader's daughter who feels drawn to a boy from the other side of the conflict, the story is not another version of ''{{Pocahontas}}'', nor does it end as may be expected.\\\
Arguably, the text marks the beginning of feminist themes in Le Guin's fiction, as Luz Marina has to become sort of a leader using the skills which she has learned, willy or nilly, in her male-dominated social environment. (Also, the appearance and meaning of mysterous herons brings to mind theories of interpretation based on the notion of the Other.) As usual in the case of Le Guin, the opposition between anger and quietness is an important factor.

!!Contains the following tropes:
* ActualPacifist: the people from Shantih. Highlighted with Lev.
* [[AFatherToHisMen A Mother To Her Men]]: Vera.
* ArrangedMarriage: this is what Luz Marina is afraid of.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Falco and his people.
* AnAesop: about the importance of self-control and self-knowledge for achieving freedom, but also on the role of war and peace in human societies.
* BananaRepublic: the City has many features of it.
* BilingualBonus: the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanti Shantih]].
* CallASmeerpARabbit: the herons. However, it is perfectly justified, as the inhabitants of Victoria know the names of the animals from Earth but do not remember their exact looks.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Luz Marina.
* CloserToEarth: the Shanty Towners in general, and women in particular. Played as usual in Le Guin's fiction.
* ConvenientlyCellmates: the members of embassy to the City Council.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Luz Marina.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: the City culture with its Latin-American names. Guess from which language comes the word 'macho'?
* FantasyForbiddingFather: Falco to Luz Marina.
* FightingForAHomeland: the Shanty Towners.
* GildedCage: the situation of Luz Marina.
* GoingNative: Luz Marina in Shantih.
* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Shanty Town and the City, respectively. It should be noted that the amount of people in both cultures is to small to produce actual imperial or republican system, but their attitude pretty much fits the scheme.
* HeManWomanHater: Falco (though it's mainly due to his native culture).
* TheMigration: the intention of the Shanty Towners.
* MixAndMatchCritters: wotsits, which are similar to chameleons in that they change their looks depending on their environment - however, a wotsit does not change its color but takes different shapes resembling particular small animals.
* PenalColony: Victoria.
* PerfectPacifistPeople: the Shanty Towners.
* ThePromisedLand: the goal of the migration.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Falco and his men.
* TheRunaway: Luz Marina.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Lev]]. Even [[spoiler:his name]] brings lion to mind.
* SceneryPorn: especially the descriptions of Victoria's fauna.
* SilkHidingSteel: Vera.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Luz Marina.
* ThouShaltNotKill: an important rule of the inhabitants of Shantih.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: Luz's bitter conclusion after [[spoiler:Lev's death]].
* YouCannotKillAnIdea: if the book ends happily, it is because of that.
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