47 pages 1 hour read

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Lathe Of Heaven

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1971

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Chapters 4-6

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Chapter 4 Summary

George goes to see an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney named Heather LeLache. Heather likes to imagine herself as a black widow, and the clients who come to see her as insects or prey. Her first impression of George is that he is a particularly weak, passive individual. George explains that he fears Haber is violating his right to privacy by choosing his dreams. Heather says that George will have little success finding a new psychiatrist. George describes the process of effective dreaming and the way his dreams change reality entirely, which Heather finds absurd. When she asks for an example of an effective dream, George tells her that he now has a cabin north of Portland after winning a government lottery. He mentioned wanting a cabin to Haber and, under hypnosis, Haber had him dream that he owned one.

Heather feels growing respect for George, admiring his desire not to have Haber tell him what to dream. However, she does not believe George is having effective dreams and only wants to make sure Haber is abiding by the laws for treating patients. Heather agrees to come to a session with George to observe the Augmentor at work and Haber’s methods.