In the second part ofÂ Feet of Clay, EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING ALREADY. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ Discworld.Â
LETâ€™S JUST GET INTO THIS!!!! SO MUCH EXCITING STUFF!!!
The City Watch
Pratchett is a lot more liberal with revealing all the changes in the City Watch here, and itâ€™s soÂ weird. Everything is efficient and organized and multi-tiered and HOW IS THIS THE SAME WATCH WE SAW INÂ Guards! Guards!Â The growth is spectacular, but that doesnâ€™t mean these characters are drastically different. Theyâ€™re still recognizable. Corporal Nobbs is still a mess. Vimes is still that comfortable mix of cynicism and anger that I enjoyed. And how powerful was this tiny moment during the interview that opened this section?
Vimes found he was automatically opening the bottom drawer of his desk. He pushed it shut again and, instead, shuffled the papers in front of him.
How long has he been sober for? Anyway, the interview with Cheery Littlebottom didnâ€™t just introduce a new character to us; it helps us to understand how the Watch is growing. At this point, thereâ€™s never been a position for an alchemist, and while Cheery might just blow up a crime scene or a Watch house or himself, itâ€™s cool to seeÂ whyÂ heâ€™s needed. The Watch is changing! Theyâ€™re pissing off the richer members of Ankh-Morpork who I suspect have been getting away with a number of crimes that theyâ€™re now being held accountable for. (Maybe. There are no details about this specific thing.) But even internally, Vimes knows that Watch has become something else. Itâ€™s like a messed up family. I love that he admits to Cheery that theyâ€™re making it all up as they go along, too! Itâ€™s an adventure into the unknown. Itâ€™s not like they have anything to base their organization off of, you know?
Pratchett then jumps from one scene to another, each of them packed with jokes and clever wordplay, and each of themÂ alsoÂ doing the job of providing exposition and story detail without feeling like they are. Detritusâ€™s tour of the Watch house is ADORABLE. (I just love Detritus a lot, okay?) Carrot and Angua surprising the thieves is justÂ lovely. (A LOADED WOLF.) I am so eager to see how else the Watch has changed.
Thatâ€™s what that scene with the â€œspeakerâ€ is referring to, right? So, someone is making golems, one got out, it killed a priest, and they can be controlled by thoughts? And someone is making a profit off them?
I went back to that awesome scene with the crossbow and the bread and Angua being the best, and this line stuck out to me:
The bold one with the crossbow licked his lips and glanced from Carrot to the wolf. â€œIf you set it on us, I warn you, someoneâ€™s going to get killed!â€ he warned.
Now, heâ€™s clearly referring to Angua, but then MY BRAIN STARTED THINKING OF THINGS. What could this possible theft/murder have to do with the golems? What if thereâ€™s a connection between the two events? There always is in these mysteries, and for a moment, I imagined that the man was talkingÂ aboutÂ a golem. I say that just as a hypothetical thing. Those working with the golems are afraid of them, and Mr. Ironcrust has aÂ bizarreÂ reaction to Carrot here:
â€œThree years!â€ he said. â€œThree years and no one bothered! Three bloody years and not so much as a knock at the door! And heâ€™ll ask me! Oh, yes! Heâ€™ll beÂ niceÂ about it! Heâ€™ll probably even go and get the extra forms so I wonâ€™t be put to the trouble! Why couldnâ€™t you buggers have just run away?â€
OKAY, THATâ€™S NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. So, people are behaving weirdly, and we know that a golem is out there somewhere killing people, and we donâ€™t know why. It makes no sense to me that Mr. Ironcrust would be upset that the thieves didÂ notÂ get away. Thus, thatâ€™s why the gears started ticking because of that passage. I know itâ€™s about Angua, but Iâ€™m suspicious. I MUST BE IN ORDER TO FIGURE THIS OUT.
Zoos and Coat of Arms
WHAT A RIDICULOUS SCENE, OH MY GOD. I was a little confused about the whole thing, but OWLS. A morpork on an ankh! I feel a little weird about the gay hippo joke becauseâ€¦ well, thatâ€™s about the closest theÂ DiscworldÂ series has gotten to having gay characters andâ€¦ well, theyâ€™re hippos. But I was pleased by the fact that the man of the house used LIVE ANIMALS and an actual shield to paint his coat of arms. WHO THINKS OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
â€œGood gods,â€ murmured Vimes. â€œI always thought theyâ€™ve just made it up!â€
â€œMade it up, sir? Made it up?â€ said voice behind him. â€œWeâ€™d soon be in trouble if we made things up, oh dear me, yes.â€
Can I imagine that this is a subtle reference to Vimes telling Cheery that they mostly make everything up as they go along? YES, GOOD.
Iâ€™m interested to see where this plot is going, too. Who is the dead person talking to Vimes?
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