A moodboard for the amazing Samuel Vimes.
“What did I tell you about Mister Safety Catch?” said Vimes weakly.
“When Mister Safety Catch Is Not On, Mister Crossbow Is Not Your Friend,” recited Detritus, saluting
– Terry Pratchett – Night Watch
His mind was grinding through the problem. She was a witch. Just lately there’d been a lot of gossip about witches being bad for your health. He’d been told not to let witches pass, but no one had said anything about apple sellers. Apple sellers were not a problem. It was witches that were the problem. She’d said she was an apple seller and he wasn’t about to doubt a witch’s word.
July 17th 2019
“I meant,“ said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?”
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.”
– Terry Pratchett, Sourcery
BETWEEN MEN AT ARMS AND NIGHT WATCH, SAM VIMES INSTITUTES MONEY FOR FAMILIES OF DECEASED WATCHMEN.
In men at arms, they find put he’s giving half his money every month to the widows and orphan of watchmen who have passed away.
By Night Watch, when Carcer kills a watchman at the beginning of the book, Sam is immediately working out the money due to the family, and fudging the fact that the officer didn’t die on duty so they can have more.
Sam Vimes, out there directly making lives more bearable.
Granny slapped her hands together like the crack of doom.
“Right! Let’s do some good!” she said, to the universe at large.
– Terry Pratchett, Maskerade
Me, sticking something in a drawer that I know is going to get stuck the next time someone tries to open it: This one’s for you, Anoia
I think that the real reason that Terry Pratchett is my favourite fantasy writer is that he’s the only one who really centres working people in his stories. I mean, Game of Thrones is almost entirely about the antics of rival aristocrats; Harry Potter is heir to two family fortunes and the subject of a prophecy and goes to an elite boarding school; even the Hobbits (save Sam) in The Lord of the Rings are minor gentry. Meanwhile, who are the main protagonists in Discworld? A recovering-alcoholic cop; an old peasant woman who lives in a cottage; a conman who was forced to take over the post-office. Pratchett writes entire novels about classes of people that other writers treat as background characters. He’s not condescending in his depictions; he’s willing to show enlisted soldiers as people, rather than arrow-fodder; and he’s aware that even ‘simple peasants’ know detailed information about things that wizards and knights can’t be arsed to care about; that everything about the world takes a hell of a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes and that most people never see, And he makes sure that you know this, too.