History Discworld / GoingPostal

20th Sep '17 3:07:18 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* IgnoredExpert: Pony has been telling the Board about what effect their cuts to maintenance are going to have from the very beginning. He was savvy enough to cover himself from the inevitable fallout by documenting everything.
13th Sep '17 9:40:54 AM WillKeaton
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Despite the complete incompetence of the existing Post staff [[note]](Stanley Howler, a slightly deranged boy obsessed with pins, and Tolliver Groat, an old man who believes very strongly in his homemade medicines)[[/note]], Moist manages to begin rebuilding the Post Office via the application of a liberal helping of RefugeInAudacity. It helps that the Grand Trunk clacks system [[note]](a semaphore tower chain which allows messages to be transmitted great distances very quickly)[[/note]] is under new management, a gang of voracious corporate backstabbers who are running it into the ground. Moist's rivalry with Reacher Gilt, the leader of the corporate moneygrubbers, and his budding romance with Adora Belle Dearheart [[note]](a cynical, chain-smoking young woman who has been known to drive her spike-heeled shoes through people's feet when provoked)[[/note]] provide a bit of backdrop as Moist essentially invents a new system of currency [[note]](by introducing stamps, which people start to use instead of coins)[[/note]], single-handedly restores the Ankh-Morpork Post Office, rescues a cat (and two men) from a burning building, summons divine intervention, and exposes the crooked dealings of Gilt and his accomplices to the world.

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Despite the complete incompetence of the existing Post staff [[note]](Stanley staff,[[note]](Stanley Howler, a slightly deranged boy obsessed with pins, and Tolliver Groat, an old man who believes very strongly in his homemade medicines)[[/note]], medicines[[/note]] Moist manages to begin rebuilding the Post Office via the application of a liberal helping of RefugeInAudacity. It helps that the Grand Trunk clacks system [[note]](a [[note]]a semaphore tower chain which allows messages to be transmitted great distances very quickly)[[/note]] quickly[[/note]] is under new management, a gang of voracious corporate backstabbers who are running it into the ground. Moist's rivalry with Reacher Gilt, the leader of the corporate moneygrubbers, and his budding romance with Adora Belle Dearheart [[note]](a [[note]]a cynical, chain-smoking young woman who has been known to drive her spike-heeled shoes through people's feet when provoked)[[/note]] provoked[[/note]] provide a bit of backdrop as Moist essentially invents a new system of currency [[note]](by currency,[[note]]by introducing stamps, which people start to use instead of coins)[[/note]], coins[[/note]] single-handedly restores the Ankh-Morpork Post Office, rescues a cat (and two men) from a burning building, summons divine intervention, and exposes the crooked dealings of Gilt and his accomplices to the world.
12th Sep '17 12:27:59 AM Chabal2
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** Another when Moist discovers that the two Post Office chandeliers have ended up, one in the Assassin's Guild and one in the Opera House, and wisely decides to hold off on getting them back, as it might be dangerous. His correspondant agrees, adding that some of those sopranos have a kick like a mule.
12th Sep '17 12:21:19 AM Chabal2
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* YouSquared: The bar brawl version is known as the "Double Andrew", and is [[ItMakesSenseInContext worth quite a lot of points]]. Bar brawls in Ankh-Morpork have become somewhat formalized. There are formal scoring rules, judging, official teams, and extensive brawl planning. They even have an Igor on standby to stitch back on anything that happens to get cut off (and they recommended having your name tattooed on extremities to make sure he stitches the right bits back on you). The impression is more of sport or folk dancing, or particularly stylised martial arts. Of course, any resemblence to the choreographed and pre-arranged outcome of a typical ProfessionalWrestling bout, possibly of the cheap-and-cheerful old-school British style, is all in the mind of the beholder.



** Or adaptation lack of a dye job. Charles Dance plays a ''blonde'' Vetinari, which is a shame, since he's otherwise pretty perfect in the role.

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** Or adaptation lack of a dye job. Charles Dance plays a ''blonde'' Vetinari, which is a shame, since he's otherwise pretty perfect in the role. Amusingly, in the book Adora actually says "They say he dies his hair, you know".



* YouSquared: The bar brawl version is known as the "Double Andrew", and is [[ItMakesSenseInContext worth quite a lot of points]]. Bar brawls in Ankh-Morpork have become somewhat formalized. There are formal scoring rules, judging, official teams, and extensive brawl planning. They even have an Igor on standby to stitch back on anything that happens to get cut off (and they recommended having your name tattooed on extremities to make sure he stitches the right bits back on you). The impression is more of sport or folk dancing, or particularly stylised martial arts. Of course, any resemblence to the choreographed and pre-arranged outcome of a typical ProfessionalWrestling bout, possibly of the cheap-and-cheerful old-school British style, is all in the mind of the beholder.

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* YouSquared: The bar brawl version is known as the "Double Andrew", and is [[ItMakesSenseInContext worth quite a lot of points]]. Bar brawls in Ankh-Morpork have become somewhat formalized. There are formal scoring rules, judging, official teams, and extensive brawl planning. They even have an Igor on standby to stitch back on anything that happens to get cut off (and they recommended having your name tattooed on extremities to make sure he stitches the right bits back on you). The impression is more of sport or folk dancing, or particularly stylised martial arts. Of course, any resemblence to the choreographed and pre-arranged outcome of a typical ProfessionalWrestling bout, possibly of the cheap-and-cheerful old-school British style, is all in the mind of the beholder.

10th Sep '17 8:58:34 PM Materioptikon
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** Stanley's obsession with pins, which gives Moist the idea of using many pins on sheets of paper to create easily-cut stamps.
5th Sep '17 8:43:23 AM Andyroid
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%%* {{Bookends}}
* BoxedCrook: Moist.

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* {{Bookends}}: At the end of the book, Vetinari offers a job to [[spoiler: Reacher Gilt]], just like he offered one to Moist von Lipwig at the start of the book. Though [[spoiler: Gilt]] ends up taking [[TheWindowOrTheStairs Vetinari's offer]] to "walk right out that door, and [[ExactWords I won't bother you again]]."
* BoxedCrook: Moist.Moist is a confidence artist forced into a government job, because his cunning criminal mind is exactly what Vetinari needs to both sell people on the idea of the post office and take down Reacher Gilt.



** A truly astounding one following a tiny moment in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' written eleven years earlier, regarding the Post Office motto as displayed on the facade of the building.

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** A truly astounding one following a tiny moment in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' written eleven years earlier, regarding the Post Office motto as displayed on the facade of the building. One of the first things Moist does is find out where the missing letters went to.
3rd Sep '17 9:54:09 AM Materioptikon
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* LyingFingerCross: [[spoiler:Moist makes Adora swear to keep her cool and to avoid violence just before dropping a bomb on her. She agrees, and he confesses he's the forger whose checks cost her her earlier job. She takes a moment to reflect, and asks whether she was crossing her fingers. Unfortunately for her, Moist was very deliberately looking at her hands just to avoid this specific trope, and she swallows her wrath for a second until he explains himself.]]
3rd Sep '17 9:51:08 AM Materioptikon
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* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy: [[spoiler:A desperate Moist goes to Adora, the only person in the city who will realize he's being entirely serious when he says he's unable to think of any way to actually ''win'' the race with the Grand Trunk, and actually confesses to the role he played in the loss of her earlier job. While irritated, she keeps her promise to keep level-headed and actually gives Moist a possibility that winds up being critical in his plan.]]
22nd Aug '17 7:16:05 PM Eagal
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* {{Bookends}}: See TheWindowOrTheStairs below.

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* {{Bookends}}: See TheWindowOrTheStairs below.%%* {{Bookends}}
22nd Aug '17 7:15:46 PM Eagal
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** And Vetineri and Gilt share a moment of this regarding blithering idiot Horsefry.

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** And Vetineri Vetinari and Gilt share a moment of this regarding blithering idiot Horsefry.
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