History Discworld / TheTruth

15th Sep '16 11:42:47 AM LadyJafaria
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*ArchnemesisDad: William and his father had a bad relationship from the beginning, even before William learned that Lord de Worde is behind the plot.
17th Aug '16 9:51:55 AM MrDeath
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** Pterry may be deliberately setting up three of Ankh-Morpork's most influential political voices (Commander Vimes, Moist von Lipwig, and William de Worde) to dislike and/or distrust one another, as this is how Vetinari always keeps power-blocks within his city from uniting to challenge his authority.
---> '''Vetinari:''' In return, however, I must ask you not to upset Commander Vimes... ''(cough)'' more than necessary.
---> '''William:''' I'm sure we can all pull together, sir.
---> '''Vetinari:''' Oh, I do hope not. I really do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions. It's the only way to make progress.
** It helps that none of them want the top job. Vimes hates exercising or interacting with any kind of authority outside of the Watch. William says that there have been far worse rulers than Vetinari and fights to clear his name (and he wouldn't want to be Patrician because it would make him too much like his father). Moist throws himself in front of a pie because, as a known felon, he would not survive in a post-Vetinari city. Vetinari's installed powerful figures who both owe him their success and want him to stay exactly where he is.
15th Aug '16 2:16:08 PM AnneElliotsCat
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** The "Complaints, Beheadings, and Horsewhipping Editor" Rocky may be the troll originally known as Galena or Flint, and then Rock, from ''Discworld/MovingPictures''.
19th Jun '16 11:30:08 AM Materioptikon
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** Hughnon Ridcully's SidetrackedByTheAnalogy moment comes up later in passing, when he starts telling everyone about the Patrician's "plan" to send shrimp by semaphore.

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** Hughnon Ridcully's SidetrackedByTheAnalogy moment comes up later in passing, when he starts telling everyone about the Patrician's "plan" to send shrimp by semaphore.flying lobsters.
6th Jun '16 6:44:19 PM Discar
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* FantasticRacism: The Committee to Unelect the Patrician wants to get rid of Vetinari because he dares to allow non-humans into the city, treats the lower classes as people, so on and so on. The fact that the city is prospering more than ever is irrelevant, in their eyes--''obviously'' it would be even better without all the undesirables.
1st May '16 9:05:14 AM LadyJafaria
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* AuthorCatchphrase: The book has many a LampshadeHanging of the kind of language newspapers and their headlines use, like Sacharissa writing CITY BOSS in reference to Vetinari until William told her to stop, and the quote that "'Rumpus' and 'fracas' are found only in certain newspapers in much the same way that 'beverages' are found only on certain menus."
22nd Apr '16 9:57:28 PM Geoduck
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* IHaveNoSon: Inverted: William doesn't approve of anything about his father. [[spoiler: In the denouement, he cuts himself off from the class-obsessed, racist old KnightTemplar for good.]]

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* IHaveNoSon: Inverted: William doesn't approve of anything about his father. [[spoiler: In the denouement, he cuts himself off from the class-obsessed, racist old KnightTemplar for good.]]]] Or at least [[spoiler: makes a symbolic show of doing so. His father's final comment as he leaves the scene and the book: "You are most ''certainly'' a de Worde."]]
24th Feb '16 5:51:31 AM LongLiveHumour
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-->''And it was ''Mister'', too, the full two syllables, not the everyday unheeded "Mr"; it was the "mister" you used when you wanted to say things like "Put down that crossbow and turn around real slow, mister". He wondered why.''
17th Dec '15 10:47:15 AM Andyroid
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* DisproportionateRetribution: After William [[spoiler:scent-bombs Angua]], what's Mister Vimes' reaction? "His feet won't touch the ground." Execution by hanging for inconveniencing a w[[spoiler:erewolf]]? Really, Sir Samuel?
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The conspiracy [[spoiler:led by Lord de Worde]] (coordinated by the Committee to Un-Elect the Patrician) is clearly modeled after the Watergate scandal (coordinated by the Committee to Re-Elect the President)--to the point that Pin and Tulip ''literally'' enter the city through the Water Gate. The unraveling of the plot begins with a botched burglary (the Patrician's Palace/the DNC Headquarters) that requires a coverup far larger than the initial crime, a pair of rookie reporters (William and Sacharissa/Woodward and Bernstein) uncover a money trail that implicates politicians at the highest levels ([[spoiler:Lord de Worde]]/Richard Nixon), and the most damning/exculpating evidence comes first from an anonymous tipster (Deep Bone who meets William in a multi-story livery stable/[[Film/AllThePresidentsMen Deep Throat]] who meets the reporters in a parking garage) and later from secret audio recordings (the Dis-Organizer/the Oval Office tapes).

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* DisproportionateRetribution: After William [[spoiler:scent-bombs Angua]], what's Mister Vimes' reaction? "His feet won't touch the ground." Execution by hanging for inconveniencing a w[[spoiler:erewolf]]? Really, Sir Samuel?
Fortunately, other members of the Watch get him to cool his temper before he really "goes spare".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The conspiracy [[spoiler:led by Lord de Worde]] (coordinated by the Committee to Un-Elect Unelect the Patrician) is clearly modeled after the Watergate scandal (coordinated by the Committee to Re-Elect the President)--to the point that Pin and Tulip ''literally'' enter the city through the Water Gate. The unraveling of the plot begins with a botched burglary (the Patrician's Palace/the DNC Headquarters) that requires a coverup far larger than the initial crime, a pair of rookie reporters (William and Sacharissa/Woodward and Bernstein) uncover a money trail that implicates politicians at the highest levels ([[spoiler:Lord de Worde]]/Richard Nixon), and the most damning/exculpating evidence comes first from an anonymous tipster (Deep Bone who meets William in a multi-story livery stable/[[Film/AllThePresidentsMen Deep Throat]] who meets the reporters in a parking garage) and later from secret audio recordings (the Dis-Organizer/the Oval Office tapes).
29th Nov '15 11:05:59 AM morenohijazo
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* SinglePreceptReligion: The religion [[TheBigGuy Mr. Tulip]] professes to follow appears to consist solely of carrying around a potato as a sort of spiritual anchor ("as long as you've got your potato, you'll be alright"), and in feeling remorse for any of your misdeeds. It's suggested, though, that Tulip is gravely misinformed about the religion, which he hasn't encountered since his childhood ([[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve not that it matters, as long as he believes in it]]).
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