In the thirteenth part ofÂ Feet of Clay, WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS BOOK. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ Discworld.Â
I NEVER SAW IT COMING, OH MY GOD, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE. Like, is there really any doubt left that the Guild heads and the upper crust of Ankh are responsible in some part for Vetinari? IT HAS TO BE THEM. I spent time of my life feeling kind ofÂ goodÂ about Nobbs because even if these people were being patronizing or sycophants, they made him feel desired and wanted. He got people laughing. They seemed to enjoy him. Yes, the anonymous group spoke poorly of him, and was cruel about his very nature, but he was getting wealth and power out of it, so at least Nobbs would get something positive out of the experience!
AND THEN THIS:
â€œHe should do nicely.â€
â€œDragon did well. I suppose the little tit isnâ€™tÂ reallyÂ an earl, by any chance?â€
â€œDonâ€™t be silly.â€
NO.Â NO. OH MY GOD. THIS IS TERRIBLE.
Literally as soon as I finished the video, I was preparing to encode it for YouTube and it hit me: the Dragon King of Arms is the one who says â€œAh-haâ€ all the time. So itâ€™s Dragon who is (partially) behind this! OH MY GOD, IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. And I say this knowing that IÂ stillÂ donâ€™t have all the pieces. But thereâ€™s confirmation that Dragon has a golem named Meshugah, soâ€¦ maybe Dragon is behind the golem disaster??? For what end, though? How has Dragon â€œseen toâ€ Vimes?
BUT THEYâ€™RE NEAR COCKBILL. WEE MAD ARTHUR IS THERE (and is confirmed to be a gnome, which is cool as hell) AND SAVES THE DAY. EVERYTHING IS COMING TOGETHER. But what about the arsenic? Is this how itâ€™s getting into the rats? Maybe not? And how was Dragon able to poison Vetinari? Actually, thatâ€™s still a terrible question because we donâ€™t even know if Vetinari was behind his own poisoning. WHAT IS THIS BOOK.
I did get worried, though, that Colon was going to die. I know, heâ€™s one of the major Watch characters, but look what happened when I assumed that last time. Meshugah is just soÂ terrifying,Â yâ€™all! I canâ€™t help it!
CHERI BONDING WITH ANOTHER FEMALE DWARF WHO WANTS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES DIFFERENTLY = ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING PLOTS YET. OH MY GOD, THAT SCENE WAS SO GOOD.
It was only a matter of time before the people of Ankh-Morpork turned on golems. In a way, theyÂ alreadyÂ had; no one viewed them as people or believed that they deserved autonomy or agency. They were meant for work that no one else would do, they were unpaid, and they were unappreciated. So when the murders happened, the golems changed to people; theyâ€™re suddenly beings with agency and will power and theyâ€™reÂ murderers. It becomes frighteningly easy to demonize them, even though the common understanding of golems is that they can only do what their chems tell them to.
So Carrot protects Dorfl. (Again exposing that even though Dorfl is different, Carrot still thinks they deserve respect. Why canâ€™t he offer the same respect to Angua and Cheri?) When Sock refuses to take Dorfl back, Carrot offers to buy him. I do love that Angua plays a huge role in this, too, and Iâ€™m only now realizing how much they fulfillÂ the buddy cop dynamic. SO MUCH, OH MY GOD.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS AMAZING EXCHANGE, TOO:
The golem took the little scrap of paper between two thick fingers.
â€œThat means you belong to you,â€ said Carrot encouragingly. â€œYou own yourself.â€
â€œWhat did you expect?â€ said Angua. â€œDid you think he was going to wave a flag?â€
I LOVE ANGUA SO DEARLY. But sheâ€™s right! The golems have never gotten to experience true freedom, so handing them the power isnâ€™t going to transform them instantly. They have noÂ conceptÂ of what Carrot gives them, so when he puts a new chem inside Dorfl with the command of freedom, DORFL NEARLY EXPIRES. Yet itâ€™s in this moment that Angua drops an uncomfortableÂ truth of her life. Acceptance is a complicated thing; merely existing does not mean one is accepted. The sight of Dorfl â€“ who is technically an undead in Anguaâ€™s eyes â€“ reminds her that sheâ€™s not human. Even further, she perceives them as being â€œacceptedâ€ in ways she is not. In a way, thatâ€™s true, especially for her and all the terrible things people say about werewolves. At the same time, I donâ€™t know that Iâ€™d quantify the golems as being better off than her. In the current climate, thatâ€™s certainly not the case. But relative to Angua, thereâ€™s a jealous she canâ€™t ignore. She wants things she doesnâ€™t haveÂ becauseÂ sheâ€™s a werewolf.
And in a way, I felt like she was trying to communicate with Carrot about how frequently he doesnâ€™t understand her and her struggles. Itâ€™s not as direct as she could be, but itâ€™s a start. Life is complicated for the undead, and Carrot still canâ€™t empathize with that, at least not fully.
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