Thief of Time question (not for the squeamish)

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Thief of Time question (not for the squeamish)

Postby raisindot » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:40 pm

As I'm listening to the audiobook version of TOT (FINALLY out on Audible.com, and blessed with Mr. Briggs as its reader), a question came to mind that never occurred when I was reading the book.

I know, I know, I should have posted it to the TOT discussion group, but we're discussing Pyramids now so I wouldn't want to interrupt the discussion flow. Besides, this is more of an opinion oriented than anything else. And if it's been discussed, sorry.

Anyway, during one of the meetings of the Auditors, Lady Lejune (sp.) marvels at the complexity of the female human body, which, she perceives, has eight orifices, of which one serves no apparent purpose.

Now, does one's interpretation of what that particular orifice may be signify what kind of person they are of the vulgarity of their thought processes? I hope not, because what complicates the matter is that LL understands the function of each orifice through personal experience--with one obvious exception. There seem to be only two possible choices here. Would it be much safer to guess that she is referring to the belly button?

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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:13 pm

:lol: Safer to stick with the belly button I think. :lol:

But yes, you're probably right - the Auditors did go for accuracy and so she will have ended up (presumably) with a fully functioning female body with a bit that she'd never used and therefore may not have understood the purpose of.

Phew! :oops:
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Postby theoldlibrarian » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:38 am

but am I right that she did not eat for a long time until trying bread and so therefore for want of more poetic language would have had no use for the organs of excretion? probably not, but who knows?
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Postby Dotsie » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:33 am

Don't be shy. She's talking about her twinkle :wink:

Sorry for the use of such language :oops:
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:19 pm

online dictionary wrote:Definitions of twinkle on the Web:

flash: gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"
a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
sparkle: merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"
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Postby raisindot » Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:27 pm

Dotsie wrote:Don't be shy. She's talking about her twinkle :wink:

Sorry for the use of such language :oops:


Not sure I know what a twinkle is.

Since LL had already eaten, and, therefore, must have already excreted, I assumed that she was referring either to her belly button or her vagina.

[Sorry--couldn't resist, but any Yanks who watch mainstream American sitcoms and dramas these days will know that the use of v-word has become a common shock joke]

:oops:

Still blushing, tho'.

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Postby poohcarrot » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:13 pm

Hang about. I count 9 orifices. :lol:

2 eyes
2 nostrils
2 ears
1 mouth
1 twinkle
1 bum.

I hardly think a belly button counts, does it? :?
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Postby Dotsie » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:15 pm

I don't think eyes count. The tear ducts aren't really much bigger than pores. And you forgot the wee hole :wink:
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Postby poohcarrot » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:01 pm

If LL never ate anything, she never went to the toilet, so shouldn't she have said 3 orifices? :?
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Postby raisindot » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:56 pm

poohcarrot wrote:If LL never ate anything, she never went to the toilet, so shouldn't she have said 3 orifices? :?


I think she had eaten something by that time, and therefore probably had used the execreting orifices, since she was an experimenter and the full biological purpose of 7 of the 8 could be ascertained without assistance.

I don't count the eyes, either, so it would be (returning to quaint euphemismland)

2 ears
2 nostrils
1 mouth
1 weehole
1 bum
1 twinkle

Even substituting the eyes out, Pooh is right that adding the he belly button would make 9, not 8.

Since the Auditors couldn't understand how humans were so easily able to reproduce themselves, this implies that they didn't understand the concept and mechanics of shagging.

Thefore, unless Discworldian humans have another orifice that Earth humans don't, we must, by deductive logic, assume she was referring to the twinkle!

(If I ever got to speak with the man again, this is the question I'd ask him, if only to elicit either a laugh or a condescending glare)

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Postby chris.ph » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:50 pm

perhaps they didnt have belly buttons as they werent born just created :idea:
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:59 pm

Best thread of the year so far!!!
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:11 pm

Dotsie!! What the Devil is a Twinkle???????????
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:28 pm

I think it may be related to the bladder?

After that, I'm lost........
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Postby Batty » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:15 pm

Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit wrote:Dotsie!! What the Devil is a Twinkle???????????


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