In the thirteenth part ofÂ Jingo, I DONâ€™T UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ Discworld.
What is happening???
Iâ€™m never going to be bored by Anguaâ€™s POV sections because theyâ€™re always so well written! I just love that Pratchett writes her as existing in two forms at once instead of saying she is 100% human at one moment, and then 100% wolf once she changes form. Iâ€™ve never liked werewolf stories that do that because it just doesnâ€™t make sense to me. Instead, Iâ€™m way more interested in what he presents here: a mixture of the two brains and instincts, with one overpowering the other whenever Angua is in that specific state. Sheâ€™s still got access to some parts of her humanity, even though her wolf brain is mostly in control.
Also, I really need her to be okay. Iâ€™M WORRIED.
I DONâ€™T UNDERSTAND HIM. AT ALL. Obviously, thatâ€™s partially by design. Despite that we get some sections from his point of view in this section ofÂ Jingo, Pratchett still keeps us at a distance. He never thinks about his plans, and weâ€™re still left largely in the darkness. Which is frustrating because from context clues, you can deduct that heâ€™s working on hisÂ ownÂ mission of sorts, which seems to be in direct contradiction to what the Klatchians want. His agenda makes no sense to me, but I know thatâ€™s because I donâ€™t have all the information that I should.
So, hereâ€™s what I can discern from the text: He sees something in the sea behind the ship after one of his men reports that there is a monster that came out of the water. He doesnâ€™t think itâ€™s a sea monster, but assumes itâ€™s something he just doesnâ€™t know about yet. He also DELIBERATELY cuts the sails on his ship to allow the one following his to catch up to him. In order to force a confrontation??? He also doesnâ€™t seem all that bothered by the ridiculous St. Ungulantâ€™s storm??? I DONâ€™T KNOW WHY?
Look, I just want to state that the whole, â€œGlad Iâ€™m not likeÂ thoseÂ poor bastards,â€ line is one of the funniest jokes in this whole damn book. Oh, Colon, you are exactly as Lord Vetinari described you.
So, Vimes reallyÂ didÂ make a universe-shifting decision when he chose to go after Angua. He was supposed to be facing an assassin! But thatâ€™s not the big takeaway I had from this section. No, instead, I realized that this is perhaps the most poorly planned mission in the entirety of theÂ DiscworldÂ series. Not only did Vimes order his people to throw everything overboard â€“ literally everything that wasnâ€™t alive or being worn by said living people â€“ but he has no real plan in terms of what heâ€™s going to do once he catches up to the ship where Angua is being held. Now, Vimes has talent in devising last-minute strategy, so maybe heâ€™ll come up with something, but he has NOTHING to go on. Or to use. At all. ITâ€™S ALL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN.
And then thereâ€™s the storm. I am at a complete loss here, yâ€™all. I have zero theories about what it is or where it came from. Based on what Jenkins says, Iâ€™m guessing this might be a common thing in the Circle Sea??? So, it could all be a bit of random coincidence thrown in to add some chaos to the story, but I never get the sense that Pratchett isÂ random, you know? And given Ahmedâ€™s reaction to the storm, the magic element of it cannot be a mistake. Right??? Exceptâ€¦ damn it, octarine energy is everywhere, and random intrusions of it in the DiscworldÂ isÂ common. SO I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO THINK.
Except that Cheery is a genius for eating the sardines from the tins that fell from the sky. Bravo. When life gives you sardine cans, eat sardines.
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