AlamutJones

AlamutJones

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4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 0 replies · +16 points

Granny knows lambs, not children. She loves them just the same, but she mothers little poddy lambs (the ones the mother abandons, or when the mother dies...you raise them with blankets and bottles like a baby) better than little humans.

4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 1 reply · +34 points

Granny vs the champion shearer...

We had champion shearers in my family. My grandfather and my Uncle George both were - we’ve got the prizes and everything. The pace for a “gun” shearer is 200-230 animals per day if you’re shearing heavy wool breeds like merino with a set of hand clippers, or up nearer 300 with lighter wool or more modern tools. It takes about two minutes per sheep, a good shearer won’t draw blood through clumsiness and the fleece should come off in one piece.

That’s how quick Granny Aching was. If she can match a gun shearer’s pace, she’s QUICK.

4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 1 reply · +12 points

I don’t even need to translate that. :D

The real world equivalent of the Chalk was Terry’s country. How close did he live to the White Horse?

4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 1 reply · +40 points

A brief note, Mark...it’s not pronounced Hamish like “ham”. It’s Hamish like “James” - long, stretchy A noise. Hamish is basically one of the Scots Gaelic options for James.

Also, no one’s really surprised that Tiffany’s frying pan works, are they? Aside from being really bloody heavy, it’s a cast-iron pan. We know exactly what kind of things iron is good for in Pratchett stories. We know about the folklore of iron horseshoes and iron nails and the blacksmith being a bit magical.

Tiffany doesn’t know what we know, but she might have picked up the single best thing on the entire farm to be her weapon.

5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 0 replies · +7 points

I’d be surprised if PTerry hadn’t been aware of the parallels.

5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 0 replies · +5 points

Knowing wouldn’t stop her making use of it.

5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 4 replies · +22 points

It’s worth noting that “a child wishing her little brother would go away” is EXACTLY the kind of loophole the Queen and her folk would use, if they were asked.

“She wished him gone. How were we to know she didn’t mean it, when it rang so true?”

Tiffany doesn’t yet know who they are, but she’s already moved well beyond “but I didn’t really mean it!” as an acceptable excuse for anything.

5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 1 reply · +23 points

Knowing when to get out of the way of someone better suited/better equipped can be both a virtue and a vice.

Rincewind will always move to stand behind someone else who can do it, right up until there IS no one else.

Granny will never move, because she never thinks anyone else could be as able as she is.

Both present very real issues. They’re quite lucky that they don’t swap stories.

5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 3 replies · +32 points

He’s often the only one who DOES act, too. Thinking of Sourcery, way back when Mark started this...he’s a gigantic coward and he really doesn’t want to have anything to do with Coin. But none of the other wizards go near Coin either.

Rincewind, for all his many flaws, is the only one who remembers Coin is a little boy. The only one.

I’ve never liked him more than I did at the end of Sourcery.

5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Wee Fr... · 0 replies · +6 points

She’ll do. :D