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* AllianceWithAnAbomination: The Summoning Dark, which has attached itself to Vimes, is seen as "tamed" to the cause of law and justice, and offers Vimes its talents and abilities in seeking out murder and greed in dark places: it places its abilities completely at Vimes' disposal.

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* AlienGenderConfusion: Humans can't easily tell goblin genders and, [[FantasticRacism regarding goblins as vermin]], seldom try. But a rural community becomes somewhat disconcerted when they find out a goblin that had been ruthlessly butchered by a couple of local thugs was female.


* HateSink: For a guy who doesn't appear in person so much as once, Gravid Rust manages to be even more odious than his father ever was. Even ''[[spoiler:Stratford]]'' hates him and wants to turn evidence just to get back at him.

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For a guy who doesn't appear in person so much as once, Gravid Rust manages to be even more odious than his father ever was. Even ''[[spoiler:Stratford]]'' hates him and wants to turn evidence just to get back at him.him.
** [[spoiler:Stratford]] himself, despite his dislike of his boss, is a repulsive, violent thug with very little self control and a desire to [[WouldHurtAChild target infants]] even when it doesn't benefit his plans to do so.


The 39th Literature/{{Discworld}} novel, published after ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight''. His Grace Commander Sir Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch [[BlatantLies cheerfully volunteers]] for a holiday along with his family in that most dreaded of locations: the countryside. There are always things rustling through the undergrowth, you can never be sure that someone isn't hiding behind that hedge, and [[ArcWords there are no streets]]. Or are there?

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The 39th Literature/{{Discworld}} novel, published after ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight''.''Literature/IShallWearMidnight''. His Grace Commander Sir Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch [[BlatantLies cheerfully volunteers]] for a holiday along with his family in that most dreaded of locations: the countryside. There are always things rustling through the undergrowth, you can never be sure that someone isn't hiding behind that hedge, and [[ArcWords there are no streets]]. Or are there?



Continuing with themes introduced in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', ''Snuff'' heavily deconstructs FantasticRacism. In contrast to the usual Watch novels this is a more Vimes-centric tale à la ''Discworld/NightWatch'', although the rest of the Watch do feature sporadically throughout the novel. Nobby Nobbs gets a goblin girlfriend. The second Discworld novel not to feature [[AC: Death]] as a character.

Preceded in the series overall by ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', and in the Watch series by ''Discworld/{{Thud}}''. It is followed by ''Discworld/RaisingSteam''.

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Continuing with themes introduced in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', ''Literature/UnseenAcademicals'', ''Snuff'' heavily deconstructs FantasticRacism. In contrast to the usual Watch novels this is a more Vimes-centric tale à la ''Discworld/NightWatch'', ''Literature/NightWatchDiscworld'', although the rest of the Watch do feature sporadically throughout the novel. Nobby Nobbs gets a goblin girlfriend. The second Discworld novel not to feature [[AC: Death]] as a character.

Preceded in the series overall by ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', ''Literature/UnseenAcademicals'', and in the Watch series by ''Discworld/{{Thud}}''. ''Literature/{{Thud}}''. It is followed by ''Discworld/RaisingSteam''.
''Literature/RaisingSteam''.



** It's mentioned that the grounds of Ramkin Hall have a hoho (like a haha, but deeper), as mentioned in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. (As well as a "hehe" and a "ho-hum", though whatever these might be is left to the imagination of the readers.)
** Also, Zoons are mentioned for the first time since ''Discworld/EqualRites''.

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** It's mentioned that the grounds of Ramkin Hall have a hoho (like a haha, but deeper), as mentioned in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''.''Literature/MenAtArms''. (As well as a "hehe" and a "ho-hum", though whatever these might be is left to the imagination of the readers.)
** Also, Zoons are mentioned for the first time since ''Discworld/EqualRites''.''Literature/EqualRites''.



** Merkle and Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce was previously mentioned in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''.
** The bridge with the sculptures of artistically naked ladies. [[Discworld/{{Thud}} Urns means it's artistic]].
** Vimes's comment that he's never drunk starboard echoes a conversation from ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''.
** Also, this isn't [[spoiler: Gravid Rust's]] first encounter with the long arm of the law: In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' mention is made of how [[spoiler: Lord Rust's son]] got into a lot of trouble for shooting servants for putting his shoes on the wrong feet (most likely why he was made to leave Ankh-Morpork proper for the countryside). As Vimes put it then, "He'll have to learn right from left like the rest of us. And right from wrong, too." [[spoiler: Apparently, the lesson didn't stick.]]
** The notion of hermits sitting on poles is dismissed as impractical, due to the poor restroom options. In ''Discworld/SmallGods'', St. Ungulant solves this dilemma by having a second pole with a privy on it.

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** Merkle and Stingbat's Very Famous Brown Sauce was previously mentioned in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''.
''Literature/GuardsGuards''.
** The bridge with the sculptures of artistically naked ladies. [[Discworld/{{Thud}} [[Literature/{{Thud}} Urns means it's artistic]].
** Vimes's comment that he's never drunk starboard echoes a conversation from ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''.
''Literature/{{Jingo}}''.
** Also, this isn't [[spoiler: Gravid Rust's]] first encounter with the long arm of the law: In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' ''Literature/FeetOfClay'' mention is made of how [[spoiler: Lord Rust's son]] got into a lot of trouble for shooting servants for putting his shoes on the wrong feet (most likely why he was made to leave Ankh-Morpork proper for the countryside). As Vimes put it then, "He'll have to learn right from left like the rest of us. And right from wrong, too." [[spoiler: Apparently, the lesson didn't stick.]]
** The notion of hermits sitting on poles is dismissed as impractical, due to the poor restroom options. In ''Discworld/SmallGods'', ''Literature/SmallGods'', St. Ungulant solves this dilemma by having a second pole with a privy on it.



** Vimes mentions that dwarfs allegedly eat horses on the quiet. In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', Gloria was accused of salivating while looking at another student's pony.

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** Vimes mentions that dwarfs allegedly eat horses on the quiet. In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', ''Literature/SoulMusic'', Gloria was accused of salivating while looking at another student's pony.



** One of Beedle's books is titled ''The Wee Wee Men''. This is both a reference to the title of ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', to the same corruption of the title used in the book itself, and to the Child Ballad ''The Wee Wee Man''.
** The picture book with the very frightening picture of the goblin that terrified young Sam Vimes? Other characters it terrified include [[Discworld/IShallWearMidnight Tiffany Aching and Letitia]]. It's hinted that [[spoiler:the frightening goblin is Stinky -- the personification of childhood fears of goblins.]]

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** One of Beedle's books is titled ''The Wee Wee Men''. This is both a reference to the title of ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', ''Literature/TheWeeFreeMen'', to the same corruption of the title used in the book itself, and to the Child Ballad ''The Wee Wee Man''.
** The picture book with the very frightening picture of the goblin that terrified young Sam Vimes? Other characters it terrified include [[Discworld/IShallWearMidnight [[Literature/IShallWearMidnight Tiffany Aching and Letitia]]. It's hinted that [[spoiler:the frightening goblin is Stinky -- the personification of childhood fears of goblins.]]



** The goblins, first mentioned waaaay back and slightly elaborated upon in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' are fully fleshed out.

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** The goblins, first mentioned waaaay back and slightly elaborated upon in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' ''Literature/UnseenAcademicals'' are fully fleshed out.



** The Low King apparently even gave him Blackboard Monitor as a real title since ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', and given the dwarven reverence for the written word, it's the highest, er lowest, er let's just say "most important" honor he can bestow.
** A.E. Pessimal, the bureaucrat looking over the Watch in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' is now the Watch's feared forensic accountant.
** Events in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' have left their mark on Vimes.
** Vimes' botched one liner reply "Burleigh and Stronginthearm" (to "on whose authority?") in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' is repeated more successfully by Willikins.

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** The Low King apparently even gave him Blackboard Monitor as a real title since ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', ''Literature/{{Thud}}'', and given the dwarven reverence for the written word, it's the highest, er lowest, er let's just say "most important" honor he can bestow.
** A.E. Pessimal, the bureaucrat looking over the Watch in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' ''Literature/{{Thud}}'' is now the Watch's feared forensic accountant.
** Events in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' ''Literature/{{Thud}}'' have left their mark on Vimes.
** Vimes' botched one liner reply "Burleigh and Stronginthearm" (to "on whose authority?") in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' ''Literature/NightWatchDiscworld'' is repeated more successfully by Willikins.



** The book Vetinari reads at the beginning, whose author is actually willing to acknowledge Goblins having a culture and religion is [[Discworld/CarpeJugulum Mightily Oats]], whose religion-inspired liberal views had already been displayed with [[Discworld/UnseenAcademicals Mr Nutt]].
** This is the second time that a performer's [[Discworld/SoulMusic self-composed piece of harp music]] has touched the souls of an Ankh-Morpork audience.

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** The book Vetinari reads at the beginning, whose author is actually willing to acknowledge Goblins having a culture and religion is [[Discworld/CarpeJugulum [[Literature/CarpeJugulum Mightily Oats]], whose religion-inspired liberal views had already been displayed with [[Discworld/UnseenAcademicals [[Literature/UnseenAcademicals Mr Nutt]].
** This is the second time that a performer's [[Discworld/SoulMusic [[Literature/SoulMusic self-composed piece of harp music]] has touched the souls of an Ankh-Morpork audience.



** Dr. Lawn has been hiring Igorinas at his hospital. In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', an Igorina enlisted as an Igor because as a female she'd only been allowed to close up after operations, not initiate them.

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** Dr. Lawn has been hiring Igorinas at his hospital. In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', ''Literature/MonstrousRegiment'', an Igorina enlisted as an Igor because as a female she'd only been allowed to close up after operations, not initiate them.



* DarkerAndEdgier: On par with ''Discworld/NightWatch'', ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'' and ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' which are usually seen as the darker ones.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: On par with ''Discworld/NightWatch'', ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'' ''Literature/NightWatchDiscworld'', ''Literature/IShallWearMidnight'' and ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' ''Literature/{{Thud}}'' which are usually seen as the darker ones.



* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Stinky]]. No explanation is given, but it is slightly implied that [[spoiler:the Summoning Dark]] may have saved him. [[spoiler:The reference to Vimes' picture-book suggests he's a manifestation of childhood scary-goblin fears, like the bears and Scissor Man that Susan intimidated in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''. One that's actually taken an interest in the normal goblins it was imagined to resemble.]]

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* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Stinky]]. No explanation is given, but it is slightly implied that [[spoiler:the Summoning Dark]] may have saved him. [[spoiler:The reference to Vimes' picture-book suggests he's a manifestation of childhood scary-goblin fears, like the bears and Scissor Man that Susan intimidated in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''.''Literature/{{Hogfather}}''. One that's actually taken an interest in the normal goblins it was imagined to resemble.]]



** On a more mundane note, the plot of this book has more than a little in common with ''Discworld/FeetOfClay''.
** The ominously ticking owl clock that troubles Death/Bill Door in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' is also present in Miss Beedle's cottage to worry Vimes. Like Death looking out over fields of corn, Vimes has an epiphany looking down on the Ramkin land from a high place. Whether he wants to be or not, he is Lord of the Manor and has a responsibility to the land and the people to govern fairly. That means ''everyone'', including Goblins.

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** On a more mundane note, the plot of this book has more than a little in common with ''Discworld/FeetOfClay''.
''Literature/FeetOfClay''.
** The ominously ticking owl clock that troubles Death/Bill Door in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' ''Literature/ReaperMan'' is also present in Miss Beedle's cottage to worry Vimes. Like Death looking out over fields of corn, Vimes has an epiphany looking down on the Ramkin land from a high place. Whether he wants to be or not, he is Lord of the Manor and has a responsibility to the land and the people to govern fairly. That means ''everyone'', including Goblins.



* EmpoweredBadassNormal: The Summoning Dark from ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' has... ''left its mark'' on Vimes, meaning he can [[spoiler:see in the dark, understand goblin language and have a reliable witness to any events happening under the cover of darkness]].

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* EmpoweredBadassNormal: The Summoning Dark from ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' ''Literature/{{Thud}}'' has... ''left its mark'' on Vimes, meaning he can [[spoiler:see in the dark, understand goblin language and have a reliable witness to any events happening under the cover of darkness]].



** Defied. Willikins serves the same role as Pepe in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', [[spoiler:when the PsychoForHire escapes from custody again, instead of apprehending and returning him to police and having the justice system hang him, Willikins slits his throat in the night for going after [[OldRetainer young Sam]].]] [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Vimes wanted]] to, and Vetinari asked if he gave the order, but Vimes' inner Watchman is still in control.

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** Defied. Willikins serves the same role as Pepe in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', ''Literature/UnseenAcademicals'', [[spoiler:when the PsychoForHire escapes from custody again, instead of apprehending and returning him to police and having the justice system hang him, Willikins slits his throat in the night for going after [[OldRetainer young Sam]].]] [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Vimes wanted]] to, and Vetinari asked if he gave the order, but Vimes' inner Watchman is still in control.



* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Continuing onward from ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''. [[spoiler:Here you have scavenging cave goblins as well as more-or-less-human city goblins]]. Oh, and some of them are ''fantastic'' [[spoiler:musicians]].

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* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Continuing onward from ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''.''Literature/UnseenAcademicals''. [[spoiler:Here you have scavenging cave goblins as well as more-or-less-human city goblins]]. Oh, and some of them are ''fantastic'' [[spoiler:musicians]].



** The woman who writes the devious crosswords for the ''Times'' (which isn't relevant to the ShoutOut) runs a pet shop and comes from Nothingfjord (which is). As mentioned in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', Nothingfjord is also the home of the Nothingfjord Blue, a breed of swamp dragon with beautiful plumage and a tendency to lie around pining for the fjords. [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus "Dead Parrot Sketch"]] reference, take two.

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** The woman who writes the devious crosswords for the ''Times'' (which isn't relevant to the ShoutOut) runs a pet shop and comes from Nothingfjord (which is). As mentioned in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', ''Literature/TheLastHero'', Nothingfjord is also the home of the Nothingfjord Blue, a breed of swamp dragon with beautiful plumage and a tendency to lie around pining for the fjords. [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus "Dead Parrot Sketch"]] reference, take two.



* WrittenByTheWinners: For the goblins, all of history is this trope. According to ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', even TheEmpire wrote them off as too stupid and petty to be usefully evil. Pastor Oats' treatise is the closest anyone has gotten to a proper ethnographic description of their culture... because so many people refuse to believe they have one.

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* WrittenByTheWinners: For the goblins, all of history is this trope. According to ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', ''Literature/UnseenAcademicals'', even TheEmpire wrote them off as too stupid and petty to be usefully evil. Pastor Oats' treatise is the closest anyone has gotten to a proper ethnographic description of their culture... because so many people refuse to believe they have one.


* DrinkOrder: Vimes' and Willikins' growing camaraderie is demonstrated by the latter having devised an alcohol-free beverage which entirely sates the former's lingering taste for booze, if not his body's yearning.

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* DrinkOrder: DrinkBasedCharacterization: Vimes' and Willikins' growing camaraderie is demonstrated by the latter having devised an alcohol-free beverage which entirely sates the former's lingering taste for booze, if not his body's yearning.

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* SneakySpider: Mentions a "[[ProfessionalKiller filing clerk]]" by the name of Arachne, who is particularly ''[[AnimalAssassin interested]]'' in exotic venomous spiders...


* PaedoHunt: Colonel Makepeace, makes a mention in his InternalMonologue, that Honerable Ambrose was an oddity for being sent to lie low in the coutryside, because of some trouble with a girl. After abit of digging, he found out why by a tiny note from an old friend saying simply, "Yes indeed under-aged, hushed up at great expense." The colonel made sure never to shake the mans hand ever again.

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* PaedoHunt: Colonel Makepeace, makes a mention in his InternalMonologue, that Honerable Ambrose was an oddity for being sent to lie low in the coutryside, because of some trouble with a girl. After abit a bit of digging, he found out why by a tiny note from an old friend saying simply, "Yes indeed under-aged, hushed up at great expense." The colonel made sure never to shake the mans hand ever again.


* {{Flanderization}}: Willikins, formerly a model manservant with a perhaps somewhat checkered past (perhaps even a chessed and backgammoned one, at that), now cannot let a paragraph in which he figures pass by without it containing some or several references to his myriad methods of maiming menfolk, though at least he only seems to show this side of himself around Vimes.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Willikins, formerly a model manservant with a perhaps somewhat checkered past (perhaps even a chessed and backgammoned one, at that), now cannot let a paragraph in which he figures pass by without it containing some or several references to his myriad methods of maiming menfolk, though past and his diction takes a similar nosedive. Though at least he only seems to show this side of himself around Vimes.


* PsychoForHire: Stratford, to a tee. Definitely not the brains of operation, but doesn't flinch from killing to get a job done. When he marks Vimes as an enemy, he [[spoiler:tries to [[MoralEventHorizon sneak into young Sam's room]] at night.]] Also something of a deconstruction; [[spoiler:none of his murders or threatened murders are actually called for under his orders, and it is his actions that gets Vimes so involved and motivates his terrified allies to give King's evidence just to bring him down.]]

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* PsychoForHire: Stratford, to a tee. Definitely not the brains of operation, but doesn't flinch from killing to get a job done. When he marks Vimes as an enemy, he [[spoiler:tries to [[MoralEventHorizon sneak into young Sam's room]] at night.]] Also something of a deconstruction; [[spoiler:none of his murders or threatened murders are actually called for under his orders, and it is his actions that gets get Vimes so involved and motivates motivate his terrified allies to give King's evidence just to bring him down.down, whereas if he'd acted with less gratuitous bloodlust and cruelty the villains might have got away with it.]]


* KickTheDog: Vimes cites a case when a man did something much worse than ''kick'' his dog, which Vetinari took as an indication of his personality and ordered his house searched for evidence of worse behavior. The man was hanged, but [[TortureCellar not for the dog]].

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* KickTheDog: Vimes cites a case when a man did something much worse than ''kick'' his dog, which Vetinari took as an indication of [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals his personality personality]] and ordered his house searched for evidence of worse behavior. The man was hanged, but [[TortureCellar not for the dog]].


* PaedoHunt: Colonel Makepeace, makes a mention in his InternalMonologue, that Honerable Ambrose, was an oddity for being sent to lie low in the coutryside, because of some trouble with a girl, after abit of digging, he found out why by a tiny note fro an old friend saying simply "yes indeed under-aged, hushed up at great expense" the colonel made sure never to shake the mans hand ever again.

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* PaedoHunt: Colonel Makepeace, makes a mention in his InternalMonologue, that Honerable Ambrose, Ambrose was an oddity for being sent to lie low in the coutryside, because of some trouble with a girl, after girl. After abit of digging, he found out why by a tiny note fro from an old friend saying simply "yes simply, "Yes indeed under-aged, hushed up at great expense" the expense." The colonel made sure never to shake the mans hand ever again.


* TitleDrop: Played with. Snuff is mentioned several times. [[spoiler:Snuff is made from tobacco, which is the reason that Gravid abducted the goblins three years ago and set off the plot in the novel. It's also a slang term for murder...]]

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* TitleDrop: Played with. Snuff is mentioned several times. [[spoiler:Snuff is made from tobacco, which is the reason that Gravid abducted the goblins three years ago and set off the plot in the novel. It's Not to mention that it's also a slang term for murder...]]


* TitleDrop: Played with. Snuff is mentioned several times. [[spoiler:Snuff is made from tobacco, which is the reason that Gravid abducted the goblins three years ago and set off the plot in the novel.]]

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* TitleDrop: Played with. Snuff is mentioned several times. [[spoiler:Snuff is made from tobacco, which is the reason that Gravid abducted the goblins three years ago and set off the plot in the novel. It's also a slang term for murder...]]

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*PaedoHunt: Colonel Makepeace, makes a mention in his InternalMonologue, that Honerable Ambrose, was an oddity for being sent to lie low in the coutryside, because of some trouble with a girl, after abit of digging, he found out why by a tiny note fro an old friend saying simply "yes indeed under-aged, hushed up at great expense" the colonel made sure never to shake the mans hand ever again.

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