Slantaholic wrote: life was hell, especially what I read was rumoured about 17th century London. People relied on passer-bys to prevent murders, like herd instinct.
There was literally no police force then. Even in the late 19th century and early 20th century, it was standard for a man to carry a cane/club/cudgel to protect himself. It was only in the mid-1950s that we began to have some expectation of being able to go to town without being attacked randomly.
Slantaholic wrote: Vetinari.... behaviour and increasing insanity problem, which started just after G!G!. He's pure introvert during the aforementioned book, but after Carrot gets to him he goes mad and behaves friendly, but extrovert. Somewhat friendlier. He's still (metaphorically) big and powerful and waving, lots of waving.
Perhaps I'm getting too worried about the man. (-:
Vetinari is a manipulator with a vision. His vision is a functioning City. He will do whatever is necessary to keep control of the city in such a way that it continues as a successful entity, not being taken over by invaders, not being taken over and turned into a serfdom by the rich and officially-noble, not becoming a totally poverty-stricken area ruled by the crimelords because the rich and the shopkeepers have fled. So he keeps the city just safe enough that the rich stay, just free enough that the intelligent feel they can stay rather than flee, and prosperous enough that there is a large middle class who feel safer and better-off there than elsewhere. So if it takes a few tyrant-like arrests and imprisonments, a few quiet assassinations (he _is_ an Assassin), a few promotions of honest cops who seem to be making the rich uneasy, etc - he'll do it. He'll appear at the clicks (though he was a bit puzzled about all the social effects), hold a party, drink beer with the foot-the-ball team leaders, personally talk about innovations with the inventors, and if necessary, wave to the crowd. Faced with a charismatic heir to the defunct throne, he even manages to use Carrot to create Vimes as the equivalent of the Council of Barons (Magna Carta), the nobles who would weaken even a charismatic king's grip (should Carrot ever take over). Now he's training Moist in the art of civic control. Carrot did his darnedest to take over the Watch as his personally sworn army. He failed, but Vimes is about the same age as Vetinari and won't live forever. So Vetinari has trained Moist and given him control of the money, communications ( the mail and the clacks - technically Spike has the clacks, but they're a couple), and now transportation. It's practically modern France, except that it's one man instead of the government. And people like Moist more than they like Carrot, because Carrot is only liked while people are within his charismatic influence - people like Moist even when he isn't there.