In the twelfth part ofÂ Maskerade, Nanny and Granny get closer to Box EightÂ while Agnes figures out who the Ghost is. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ Discworld.Â
OH MY GOD IT ALL MAKES SENSE.
Iâ€™ll talk about the Ghost later, or otherwise this review will just start with me shouting over and over again. So! Chocolate Delight with Special Secret sauce. I kept wondering if there was aÂ reasonÂ for what Nanny Ogg did, as if she meant to distract these men or get them out of the way. By the time I got to the end of the scene and realized that there was no possible explanation to support this, it came to me: Nanny Ogg is just mischievous. The end. THE END. She knew she could make this dessert and watch the chaos andÂ thatâ€™s it.
Of course, sheâ€™s still shocked by the end result. Granny might have been warmed by the Special Secret Sauce, but she can now tolerate it. And Mr. Henry Slugg! Bless his heart, itâ€™s likeÂ nothingÂ to him.
He appeared to notice the depleted table for the first time. He shrugged, and smiled hopefully at Granny. â€œIs there a cheese board, do you think?â€ he said.
Not all heroes wear capes, my friends.
Let me also make note of this so I can screech later:
Her expression became a little defiant. â€œSay what you like, young Walterâ€™s all right by me if Greebo likes him.â€
I STILL REFUSED TO BELIEVE IT. Both of them suspected Walter was the Ghost, but nooooooo, Mark, you still held out for someone else. LORD. I still canâ€™t figure this out, so let me move on for the moment. I am incredibly eager to see the Granny/Greebo date night scene because you know itâ€™s going to be a disaster. How the hell is Granny supposed to survive the soirÃ©e, let alone the opera itself? She canâ€™t do small talk even if her life depended on it! And what about Greebo? Will he be there during that scene or have Nanny and Granny decided that itâ€™ll be safer to make him show up at the last minute?
Iâ€™m not sure yet, but I did want to take a moment to call attention to another fantastic scene in this book. Iâ€™ll save the guessing for later. I just really love that Pratchett takes a moment to have Granny appreciate Nannyâ€™s magic. Itâ€™s a unique thing that she does because even if Nanny has an ulterior motive in these situations, she still gets what she wants byÂ being kind and interested. Her way of wedging open a crack in a personâ€™s defenses involves her showing that she cares about their life. Their friends. Their profession. She uses BEING NICE as magic, and most of the time, itâ€™s actually sweet as hell! The world could use a little more kindness, too.
Yâ€™all, the only person to appear beneath the Opera House was Walter Plinge andÂ I still didnâ€™t believe it was him. I think I was too saddened by Agnesâ€™s realization that she wouldnâ€™t get the fantasy that she craved. Plus, it was hard to think about that adorable kid being a murderer. But all the pieces are here, including this:
â€œSoâ€¦ when did you last see the Ghost?â€
â€œI last saw the Ghost in the big room in the ballet school!â€
â€œReally? What did he do?â€
Walter paused for a moment, and then the words came out all together. â€œHe ran off!â€
At the time, given that Walter doesnâ€™t lie, I thought this was his exoneration. It had to be, right? He couldnâ€™t have seen the GhostÂ andÂ been the Ghost at the same time, right???
She pushed open the door and stepped into the school.
Reflections of reflections of reflectionsâ€¦
There were mirrors on every wall.
MEANING THAT WALTER WASNâ€™T LYING. THE LAST THING HE SAW THE GHOST DO WAS RUN AWAYÂ BECAUSE HE IS THE GHOST.
Yâ€™all, I am also so glad that the first thing Agnes does is TELL SOMEONE ELSE. No hoarding of a secret so that it can build up tension and be awkward, and Pratchett doesnâ€™t keep it from us, either. Unfortunately, Agnes is the one to be the arbiter of information, and that means that â€“ once again â€“ she is ignored. Oh, AndrÃ© listens to her, which is good enough, I suppose. But he immediately tells her not to share her theory with anyone else, and then he walks away from the conversation without even saying goodbye, and itâ€™s the same treatment she always gets. If she doesnâ€™t have anything to offer someone, they donâ€™t care, and I imagine thatâ€™s the same for AndrÃ©. He has better things to do.
AHHHHHHHHH WALTER IS THE GHOST AHHHHHHHHH.
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