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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Carrot really as naive as he lets others believe him to be or has he begun to discover his hidden Manipulative Bastard? Near the end of the book Carrot and Angua have a hilarious One Dialogue, Two Conversations, during which he convinces her to stay in the city, even though she had made up her mind to leave. He appears to be his usual Adorkable self, but Angua instinctively believes that this is not the case. Angua's "feelings" are rarely, if ever, doubted. Moreover, despite the fact he is a major character in this book, chapters that are narrated from his PoV concern the investigation and his thoughts about golems; they do not elaborate on his day-to-day thoughts, like Men at Arms did. He's still an idealist but, as it was mentioned there, simple does not mean stupid.
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  • Bile Fascination: Nobby gets this from high society. One of the nobs describes it as him having "charisn'tma".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Come back to this book after having read Night Watch, and try not to wince at the mention of Nobby's father and the scars he left him... It might be stil Played for Laughs, but it just doesn't feel so funny.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: "Words in the heart cannot be taken" went a bit memetic after Terry Pratchett's death.
  • Memetic Badass: One of the first examples of Vimes' status as such. Nobby, offered the chance to be King and Vimes' boss, can only worry about the fact that "Vimes will go spare."
  • Moral Dissonance: After Dorfl is given his freedom he goes around the city visiting ironic retribution on former employers including, at one point, shoving an apple into an apprentice's rear at a butcher's shop. Angua finds it hilarious, ignoring that even if they're following the argument that it's not different from what the people there did to animals, it's still extremely painful and actually dangerous.
    • Possibly undermined by the fact that Dorfl still has his chem at this point and is thus incapable of causing intentional harm to a living human. If it were really dangerous he wouldn't be able to do it.
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    • Golems don't understand how human bodies work, so he may not have known it could cause lasting harm. If he did know, he probably chose a small apple.
  • Values Resonance: Cheri's story is very much applicable to transgender issues, which have become a far hotter topic than they were at the time the book was written.

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