History Discworld / TheFifthElephant

26th Mar '17 6:37:17 AM PaulA
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* NotListeningToMeAreYou: While discussing the upcoming trip to Uberwald, Sybil throws in a comment about packing the alligator to test whether Sam is paying attention.
26th Dec '16 8:58:00 PM foxley
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* HumanHeadOnTheWall:
** This overlaps with WhatMeasureIsANonHuman when Sam Vimes' group stays at a lodge in Uberwald and is horrified to find a mounted troll head. The troll in his squad is familiar enough with FantasticRacism from humans that he simply remarks that he's glad things are better than they used to be -- and shows them his grandmother's human {{Skull Cup|s}} as a reminder that it cut both ways.
** Vimes meets a local werewolf clan in their pack leader's castle, and notices there are empty nails and patches of paler plaster on the wall around them, suggesting several ''hunting trophies'' have been taken down so as not to impede the smooth flow of diplomacy. Later in the book he learns about The Game, where werewolves hunt down humans.
9th Nov '16 4:02:20 AM SkarmoryThePG
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** In the last part of the story, [[spoiler:Wolfgang gets stuck halfway between wolf and man, and is pretty fearsome.]]

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** In the last part of the story, [[spoiler:Wolfgang gets stuck halfway between wolf and man, and is pretty fearsome.fearsome and unhinged. Well, more unhinged.]]
6th Nov '16 7:40:51 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ArcWords: "It is the thing, and the whole of the thing."

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* ArcWords: "It is ''[It is] the thing, and the whole of the thing."''
5th Oct '16 11:06:27 AM nighttrainfm
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* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: The town of Bonk (or "Beyonk"). As Carrot points out, there are only so many syllables out there. "Morpork" sounds rather like the Uberwald word for an unspecified item of women's underwear.



* UnfortunateNames: The town of Bonk. (This [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage is funnier]] in UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish[[note]]"bonk" being a fairly harmless word for "have sex with"[[/note]]) It cuts both ways, though: in the Uberwaldian language, "Morpork" means "an item of ladies' underwear" (Vimes wonders ''which'' item).

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* UnfortunateNames: UnfortunateNames:
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The town of Bonk. (This [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage is funnier]] in UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish[[note]]"bonk" being a fairly harmless word for "have sex with"[[/note]]) It cuts both ways, though: in the Uberwaldian language, "Morpork" means "an item of ladies' underwear" (Vimes wonders ''which'' item).
3rd Oct '16 11:36:21 AM AreYouTyler
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Preceded by ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', followed by ''Discworld/TheTruth''. Preceded in the Watch series by ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', followed by ''Discworld/NightWatch''.

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Preceded by ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', followed by ''Discworld/TheTruth''. Preceded in the Watch series by ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', followed by ''Discworld/NightWatch''. Not to be confused with ''TheFifthElement''.
2nd Oct '16 10:19:59 PM Wynne101
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**Specifically invoked with regards to Lady Sybil. She's quite intelligent, but unfortunately the combination of figure and her kindness led to people assuming otherwise for large chunk of her life.
20th Sep '16 11:02:49 PM foxley
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* StolenByStayingStill: Nobody knows where the Scone of Stone has vanished to, despite being guarded in an underground lake round-the-clock by guards behind a system of locks and pressure plates that guarantee no one can enter or leave the room undetected. Vimes proves it's possible for someone significantly taller than a dwarf to leave without setting it off, but [[spoiler:the people plotting to remove the scone and depose the current Low King simply crumbled it to dust much like the fine sand of the cave floor, intending to use a plaster replica to intronise their own candidate.]]
11th Aug '16 5:14:41 AM Morgenthaler
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** Colon's frantic obsession with "missing" sugar is a shout out to the captain's obsession with strawberries in ''TheCaineMutiny''.

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** Colon's frantic obsession with "missing" sugar is a shout out to the captain's obsession with strawberries in ''TheCaineMutiny''.''Film/TheCaineMutiny''.
24th Jun '16 12:29:48 AM PaulA
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** A wad of thick ones to Creator/AntonChekhov. The women who equip Vimes against the werewolves are a mash-up of references to Chekhov's works: they're three sisters, who are stuck in an old house with a [[Theatre/TheCherryOrchard Cherry Orchard]] and used to have an old Uncle named [[Theatre/UncleVanya Vanya]]. Their specific characterisations are also a mash-up of Chekhov's female characters from those books.

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** A wad of thick ones to Creator/AntonChekhov. The women who equip Vimes against the werewolves are a mash-up of references to Chekhov's works: they're three sisters, Theatre/ThreeSisters, who are stuck in an old house with a [[Theatre/TheCherryOrchard Cherry Orchard]] and used to have an old Uncle named [[Theatre/UncleVanya Vanya]]. Their specific characterisations are also a mash-up of Chekhov's female characters from those books.
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