“I never thought before . . .”
“Peculiar,” said Tirin. “I never thought before . . .”
Comments from the other three on the self-evidence of this remark.
“I never thought before,” said Tirin unruffled, “of the fact that there are people sitting on a hill, up there, on Urras, looking at Anarres, at us, and saying, ‘Look, there’s the Moon.’ Our earth is their Moon; our Moon is their earth.”
“Where, then, is Truth?” declaimed Bedap, and yawned.
“In the hill one happens to be sitting on,” said Tirin.
It is interesting, to me, that Moon is a pronoun, but not earth.