Follow TV Tropes

Following

Fridge / Feet of Clay

Go To

Fridge Brilliance

  • After hearing details about Cockbill Street, it suddenly makes a lot more sense that Vimes has always been described as short and skinny. Severe malnutrition in childhood does tend to have that effect.
  • When Sam Vimes thinks of Stoneface Vimes, he quotes from Stoneface's Journal: "In the fires of struggle let us bake the new men, who will not heed the old lies." This is exactly what Sam Vimes does in the end, telling Carrot to rebuild Dorfl - Dorfl is destroyed in a fight, baked in fire in a pottery oven, and he does not heed the old lies - he knows he can own himself, doesn't need to have a master, and doesn't believe religion to be important even if gods do exist.
  • Advertisement:
  • Dorfl states that when he is off duty he will debate the existence of gods. A few pages earlier, he tells Vimes that because he does not eat, sleep, or need to bury his granny he needs no time off. Meaning, the next time he will be off duty will be when he is dead and can debate with the gods directly.
  • The effect of Carrot putting his receipt for Dorfl the golem in Dorfl's head is obvious when you look at the Exact Words of the receipt: "I Gerhardt Sock give the barer full and totarl ownorship of the Golem Dorfl in xchange for One Dolar and anythinge it doz now is his responisbility and nuthing to doe with me." Dorfl was given new words to obey, words telling him that he owned himself and that he was responsible for his own actions. This sudden introduction to the concept of philosophical agency is a Disc-shattering revelation to someone who's been unable to do anything but take orders from a master for his entire centuries-long existence, so it's no wonder Dorfl went a little crazy and raised a ruckus. Yet it also adds a heartwarming element to his later actions (and sums up The Anti-Nihilist trope perfectly): You own yourself, and your only obligation is to take responsibility for all your actions. Therefore, Dorfl chooses to take actions for which he will be proud to take responsibility - capturing villains, saving lives, freeing his fellow golems, and existing 'To Protect And Serve'.
    Dorfl: I Could Take No Notice Of That Command, But I Obey Out Of Earned Respect.
  • Advertisement:
  • Very minor tidbit of Brilliance: when Angua finds the discarded matchsticks, she notes that they haven't had their inflammable tips applied yet, and wonders if one of the golems worked in a match factory. Later, after Dibbuk's suicide, one of the foundry-workers suggests that a replacement be purchased from the sawmill, which wants to get rid of its golem: reputedly, it'd sawed a valuable trunk into matchsticks. Rebelling-by-working and acquiring something it needed, all in one go? Golem efficiency at its finest.
  • The revelation that the golems are morally-culpable individuals rather than clay machines, possessed of real feelings and (as Going Postal would verify) a soul, isn't as much of a surprise if you consider the testimony of the one character who'd know for sure if they're people or not. In his conversation with the late Mr. Hopkinson, Death himself refers to the bread-expert's attacker as the man's "murderer" rather than his "killer", and soulless machines can't commit murder. Death's surely collected the souls of destroyed golems before.
  • Advertisement:
  • The four dwarf constables who react to Cheery's skirt are stated to have just come off patrol on King's Way. If you check one of the published maps of Ankh-Morpork, you'll find that King's Way and Park Lane are connected, meaning that the dwarfs who were acting so intolerant of Cheery are the same dwarfs which Mr. Catterail wrote his bigoted letter to the Watch about. Sexism meets racism.
  • When Vimes confronts Dragon King of Arms in the book's final pages, Dragon believes Vimes came alone and never detects Dorfl's presence until Vimes calls him in. It's noted repeatedly throughout the book that golems have little to no scent beyond their clay and whatever they've been interacting with. Dorfl in particular smelling like the slaughterhouse he'd worked in. However, Dorfl had just come back out of the oven. He was fresh clay, a clean slate, and so had no scent that Dragon would find worth remarking on.
  • The golems created Meshugah because they believed a king would set them free. It didn't work, but the actual liberation of the golems is kick-started by Carrot, when he buys Dorfl and gives him to himself. Carrot is the rightful king of Ankh-Morpork. So, technically, a king did set the golems free — just not the one they expected.

Fridge Horror

  • Way back in Guards! Guards!, the dragon king's actually a dragon queen demand for maidens to devour specified that they be of the highest social rank: a requirement that Wonse says has something to do with flavor. This makes perfect sense in retrospect, as Dragon King of Arms has been manipulating the upper classes' marital selections for many, many centuries, and he never did specify in what respect he was trying to "improve the race". The blood-sucking S.O.B. may well have been breeding the nobility to have better flavor as victims, and the great dragons had caught onto this before they vanished!
  • The Rats Chamber in the Patrician's Palace features a painted ceiling, in which rats dance in a ring with their tails intertwined at the center. Go read The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, and then re-think the implications of that image being displayed in a room where ruthless conspirators meet to plot domination over the city. Have mind-controlling Rat Kings secretly ruled Ankh-Morpork in the past? Is that why its previous kings and Patricians kept going insane, and why they always allowed the city to remain such a rats'-paradise hellhole?
    • add to this: During the events of Guards! Guards!, Vetinari was waited on by rats. He described the relationship as "...payment for services rendered." Specifically, he advised the Rats on how to seize the territory of the cell from the snakes and scorpions that had been tossed in with him. Admittedly, he suspects Skrp and the rest of his people spend a lot of time near the High-Energy Magic Building at the university, but were quite bright before then.
  • It is very subtle, but Nobby briefly panics when being questioned about his father. Then he talks about his unhappy childhood in a rather nonchalant way, and the book plays it for laughs, but the fridge horror kicks in when you know that his father used to break his arms, and it is even stated that he left him some scars.
Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report