Fridge / Thief of Time

Fridge Brilliance

  • At the very beginning, Death watches the birth and wonders if that's what the problem was, or what the solution is going to be. The following exchange occurs: "Squeak." "Quite so. You may very well be right." Only during the second reading, one can understand what the Death of Rats meant: "Both."
  • It's also Fridge Brilliance that Death only saw Wen fetching Nanny Ogg, not the actual birth. Not only does this conceal the fact that Lobsang and Jeremy are the same person, but it also hides how Death, himself, can't actually see Lobsang.
  • How do Susan and Myria/Unity kill Auditors by the score? Chocolate. You might consider it, even, a genocidal tactic. Back in Soul Music, what did Susan's inner monologue name as her mother's favorite dish? Genocide by Chocolate.
  • Meta-example: When you read Night Watch, then go back to Thief of Time and realize that the entire section which occurs while time is stopped was happening simultaneously with Vimes' and Carcer's jump back to the past.
  • Lu-Tze claims that the word "ninja" is Agatean for "the Passing Wind". In other words, they're silent but deadly.
  • Lu-Tze and Lobsang can still see when they're time-slicing, even though they're moving fast enough that light in front and back of them is shifted towards the ends of the color spectrum. In an earlier book, it's mentioned that Discworld also has something called "meta-light", which allows darkness to be seen; perhaps that's what lets the pair of them see even when they're outrunning the normal light around them.
  • Death shows Susan how the History Monks move excess time around by using the Phlebotinum Analogy of pulling out the table-cloth from beneath table settings. The ever-exact Susan points out the flaw in his analogy by pointing out how Death knocked over the salt shaker, and that there are still stains from the last meal on the tablecloth. As Death observes, these actually further the analogy: manipulating time isn't an exact science, and it leaves subtle signs and inconsistencies behind that people can notice if they're paying attention (and most ordinary folks on the Discworld aren't paying that much attention). In Reaper Man Death's dart throwing was perfect unless he made very precise deliberate mistakes. The knocked over salt shaker was actually supposed to happen as part of the Analogy Not to mention the signs and inconsistencies in question are actually a meta explanation for some of the Discworld's Continuity errors, which, indeed, are usually only noticed if the readers pay attention.
  • When Miss Tangerine, one of the auditors who created human bodies for themselves, tries to prevent more confusion in their ranks, caused by very... contradictory and, sometimes, existential signs, she starts to refer to these signs as "bloody stupid", therefore, not to be obeyed at all. Now, a human could recognize a cuss word, but how would a literal-minded auditor? Easy. Before, the worst word she could think of was an "organ", because of their messiness and untidiness, and she used it as a heavy expletive. But blood is also a part of biological processes, in fact, a very important one. So, she used "bloody" to swear not as a human would, but because she was generally disgusted with human bodies and all that made them tick.

Fridge Logic

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