Colon and the boys' numbered list of reasons for expanding the barricades to include a quarter of the city while "Keel" is away. Fred's "Are you okay, Sarge?" and subsequent apology after the implied Face Palm being included as the final items on the list always raises a chuckle.
The destruction of Big Mary (a large siege weapon) with a couple of wooden wedges and some lumps of raw ginger.
And young!Vimes' subsequent reaction, staring at "Keel" with wide eyed hero worship.
Detritus' song for the new recruits:
Now we sing dis stupid song Sing it as we run along Why we sing dis we don't know We can't make the words rhyme prop'ly
"Yeah? On whose authority?" Vimes swung his crossbow up. "Mr Burleigh and Mr Stronginthearm," he said, and grinned. The two guards exchanged glances. "Who the hell are they?" said one. There was a moment of silence followed by Vimes saying, out of the corner of his mouth: "Lance-Constable Vimes?" "Yessir?" "What make are these crossbows?" "Er... Hines Brothers, sir. They're Mark Threes." "Not Burleigh and Stronginthearm?" "Never heard of them, sir." Damn. Five years too early, thought Vimes. And it was such a good line, too.
He finally goes with "You will let me take these prisoners or I will shoot you in the face." Not snappy, but it does get the point across.
Vimes ordering the barricade taken down because it's badly made. Also a Moment of Awesome.
"I repeat, I order you to dismantle this barricade." He took a deep breath and went on. "And rebuild it on the other side of the corner with Cable Street! And put up another one at the top of Sheer Street! Properly built! Good grief, you don't just pile stuff up, for god's sake! A barricade is something you construct!"
Made all the funnier that in the rush to construct the barricade. Some of the furniture they use includes an old man still sleeping in it.
Venturi and Selachii at the party — as Arch Enemies they agree on nothing, but etiquette demands that they are polite to one another and, at least at social gatherings, talk without getting into an argument. They solve this by only talking about things it's completely impossible for even them to disagree about:
Selachii: This is a party. Venturi: Indeed. I see you are standing upright. Selachii: Indeed. So are you, I see. Venturi: Indeed. Indeed. On that subject, I notice many others are doing the same thing. Selachii: Which is not to say that the horizontal position does not have its merits when it comes to, for example, sleeping. Venturi: Quite so. Obviously that would not be done here. Selachii: Oh, indeed. Indeed.