poohcarrot wrote:Wasn't the fool brought up by his grandfather because his mother wasn't around and his father was away fooling?
Penfold wrote:... I got the impression from the end of the book that Verence's and Tomjon's father was the Old Fool and I think it would Terry's sense of humour to have the Old Fool 'fooling around' with the Queen, so to speak, with Tomjon as the unforeseen result. Also, could the Old Fools naming of his son Verence be seen as his attempt at making an original joke, at the King's expense, and a secret act of rebellion against the guild?
swreader wrote:The crucial bits of information have to do with the striking resemblance between the two young men--which wouldn't be true probably if they didn't have the same father.
Yes, if the queen was going to pass Tomjon off as the king's son, she'd presumaby do the same thing with Verence.Dotsie wrote:swreader wrote:The crucial bits of information have to do with the striking resemblance between the two young men--which wouldn't be true probably if they didn't have the same father.
Unless they had the same mother, which is where I went wrong. Now I think about it, it seems unlikely that the Queen could have a baby and give it away without the King noticing. But they have different mothers though, right?
theoldlibrarian wrote:Whatever happened I think the fool and Tomjon must have been related because Hwel says they look very similar when they're all in the pub or maybe it's just coincidence.
I also remember that Magrat discovered that Verence 2nd wasn't an heir at all.
I didn't notice the horses in the beginning, but I did find some typos (3 I think). There's a paragraph where Granny and Nanny get mixed up, and another where Verence II and Tomjon (I think) get mixed up.
I figured it was because I had a overseas (America) paperback printing. Anyone else see anything like this?
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